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read doc ☆ Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis ✓ timothy egan ´ “A vivid exploration of one man's lifelong obsession with an idea Egan’s spirited biography might just bring Curtis the recog“A vivid exploration of one man's lifelong obsession with an idea Egan’s spirited biography might just bring Curtis the recognition that eluded him in life” Washington Post Edward Curtis was charismatic handsome a passionate mountaineer and a famous portrait photographer the Annie Leibovitz of his time He moved in rarefied circles a friend to presidents vaudeville stars leading thinkers But when he was thirty two years old in 1900 he gave it Thoughts soon

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Ass than 40000 photographs and 10000 audio recordings and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film In the process the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian“A darn good yarn Egan is a muscular storyteller and his book is a rollicking page turner with a colorfully drawn hero” San Francisco ChronicleA riveting biography of an American original – Boston Glo Kudos to Egan for an utterly fascinating piece of historical research I'm sorry it took me so long to finally get around to reading thisWHAT A STORY What a life What a legacy Wow If you were ever looking for a not surprisingly tragic case study on the level of commitment or obsession of a great artist this one is tough to beat While I was primarily drawn to the book because of photography angle the book also is a potent poignant reminder of how horrific the nation's history is with regard to the displacement abuse suppression and all too often extermination of Native American tribes communities religions practices cultures etc And sure while much of this was government policy the book reminds us how freuently abusive behavior was conducted in the lord's name by one would hope well intentioned and well meaning missionariesThe story is also jam packed with fascinating nuggets and cameos of people Presidents titans of industry great film makers places geez Curtis covered some ground and period pieces it's incredible how for example Seattle has changed in what is objectively and relatively a short period of time And the photographs oh my They are splendid gorgeous sublime exuisite remarkable uniue memorable impressive iconic and well you name it Having said that I wish there had been of them although I'm sure that costrights were an issue Also I fear I'm not the only photographer amateur of course who was disappointed by how little of the actual techniue and technology was discussed This is not to say that Egan doesn't discuss any of Curtis' euipment or dark room practices he does touch on these from time But in fairness to the author that's not really what the story is aboutI've only read a couple of Egan's books and on a positive note I tend to be interested nay fascinated by the things that he researches On a less positive note I personally don't love his writing and I admit my attention waned throughout the book and I enjoyed it most in relatively small doses so the relatively short chapters helped Frankly my guess is that I find his prose less entertaining because Egan is disciplined and possibly even professional than some of the new new journalists whose history reads like best selling fiction Not to beat the poor expired horse to death but for example I find Egan a bit dry than say Erik Larson Hampton Sides Jon Krakaur or not to go too far afield Michael Lewis But there's no uestion Egan is a real pro and you need look no further than the book's back matter including the chapter notes and the index which are incredibly helpful and impressive to appreciate his level of effortUltimately this is an incredible and informative history not only a biography of an iconic photographer but of the decline of Native American tribes and traditions It's also a heart breaking story of a great visionary's commitment to his art pursued and to a large extent achieved at enormous cost to himself and his family A story well worth readingSupplemental note the Smithsonian Institution referenced periodically throughout the book has an extensive online exhibit on Curtis available at it appears to have been created before this book was published and it's a bit clunky but it's still a nice supplement to the book

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward CurtisAll up to pursue his Great Idea to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappearedCurtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of than eighty North American tribes It took tremendous perseverance ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony And the undertaking changed him profoundly from detached observer to outraged advocate Curtis would am This was a long overdue Netgalley read – thanks to them Once upon a time in the late 1800's a young man discovered the emerging art form of photography And he discovered that he was good at it And he began to make a living at it – a very good living until he was the premiere portrait photographer of the also emerging city of Seattle And then one day he met a princess on the beach and he fell in love He didn't fall in love with the princess though The young man was of course Edward Curtis who is a textbook example of American Dreamself made manrags to riches the kind of success story that I don't know can that kind of thing still happen And the princess was Princess Angeline aged daughter of Chief Seattle of the exiled or possibly extinct Duwamish who lived in a shack and scavenged on the beach Indians had been forbidden to live in Seattle but she ignored the law and the law ignored her and on she lingered And in the sight of her gathering mussels on the beach one day Edward Curtis saw something remarkable and photographed it And then brought her to his studio and took her portrait And upon this intersection with her life he began to realize that she was representative of something remarkable and terrible the driving out of native Indian people from the lands they had inhabited from time immemorial He realized that he was there at the very moment before the Indians and the many and varied cultures they had built up over centuries vanished Between civilized expansion and missionary zeal not only the physical but the cultural existence of every tribe was being obliterated Curtis's realization became an interest and the interest became a fascination and the fascination became an obsession and for the next uarter century the obsession would send him throughout the country racing the tide of progress to find the remnants of each tribe to talk to elders and to make a record of what was disappearing The result of and also the purpose for this project was supposed to be a multi volume masterwork of biography ethnology anthropology and – perhaps most prominently – photography each volume of The North American Indian concentrating on a small number of tribes or just one depending on how much access he could gain and how much information he could glean – which depended on how much of each tribe still survived Supposed to be – because nothing especially art and especially dreams is ever that simple It was an expensive proposition to travel to every tribe and ghost of a tribe and make the extensive record he insisted upon not simply photographs though Curtis's photos were never simple; his preferred method of developing was the most deluxe and most expensive and when he couldn't do that he did the second most but audio recordings and when he met up with the technology film – and while Curtis had long since been able to charge top dollar for his society portraits it didn't take long for his personal finances to begin to suffer In a way this was a very familiar story An artist with a big spectacular life changing world changing idea can't afford its execution on his own and everyone he turns to for assistance has the same reaction What a great project Why it will be a boon to humanity I hope you get lots of donations for it You let me know how that goes Bye now I loved this book The personalities involved in the Project were many and varied – from Teddy Roosevelt to Chief Joseph from JP Morgan to Libbie Custer – and so were their motivations The overweening belief that one's way of life and of worship is simply better than anyone else's driving armies of spiritual and bureaucratic missionaries to stomp the native cultures into something resembling themselves only inferior of course because they were never sufficiently like The money men who had made all their profits by always looking for substantial returns unable to divorce even a philanthropic and priceless gesture from the need to see it produce revenue The heads buried so deep in the sand of false but pretty history that any attempt to uncover a real story is fought against viciously The bitterness of former partners left behind to pick up slack and keep the home fires burning and all that with little to show for it The obsession blind to everything else overwhelming everything else from familial affection to self preservation It's all here and besides skilfully woven together and picked apart in utterly readable often chatty I loved that the Sioux are described as scary good at bloodletting sometimes poetic prose If nothing else I'm deeply appreciative of having been introduced to Curtis's photographs The Kindle edition I read was lacking there – many of the referenced photos are included in the book but not all of those were visible to me as I read; given a choice I would prefer this book in paper form to allow for uicker and easier access to the images while reading Meanwhile I've begun collecting them on Pinterest From a perspective of a hundred years later it all makes so much sense all seems so much vital than it must have to Curtis's wife She was the one who suffered from his obsession – stuck at home with a growing family of small children coping with her husband's oft abandoned portrait studio and the family feud left in Edward's wake and – harshest of all – the steady draining away of the family's money into funding The Project But the view from here is so different From here Curtis is utterly vindicated His work was important enough to warrant the suffering His is in many cases the only such preservation done – there are several stories of tribes many years after when all of the elders were gone and no one was left to remember the old ways which had suddenly become important again turning to Curtis's work and through it being able to resurrect the ways they were so long forbidden I think he'd be pleased