Navajo Girl, 1904, Original Platinum Photograph by Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)
Navajo Girl, 1904 Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) Mint condition original Platinum photograph
16” x 12” photo size 25” x 21” framed (archival matting, wood frame) Provenance provided
Approximately 400–800 negatives were printed as platinum prints. Possibly as few as 200 negatives were printed as exhibition or sale prints, typically in either 6" x 8″ or 12" x 16″ format. Generally, there are fewer than four or five prints per negative. The image of this beautiful Navajo child was not used in Curtis' The North American Indian volume and portfolio set, making it a more rare image to find as a platinum print.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Edward S. Curtis worked in the belief that he was in a desperate race against time to document, with film, sound and scholarship, the North American Indian before white expansion and the federal government destroyed what remained of their natives’ way of life. For thirty years, with the backing of men like J. Pierpont Morgan and president Theodore Roosevelt, but at great expense to his family life and his health, Curtis lived among dozens of native tribes, devoting his life to his calling until he produced a definitive and unparalleled work The North American Indian.