An Oasis in the Badlands, 1905. Signed "CURTIS" in black ink on the mount l.r., copyright blindstamp l.l. Platinum print, image/sheet size 5 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. (14.7 x 19.5 cm), unframed. Condition: Tipped to paper mount, lifting at right edge; discoloration and minor wear to mount edges.
N.B. Edward Sheriff Curtis is best known for his Herculean effort to document the North American Indian through photographs and recordings of song and speech. As the western United States was developed, he endeavored to record the vanishing cultures of the land's original inhabitants, creating a body of work that at the time defined the country's popular vision of Native American culture. Curtis began his fieldwork in 1906 with the support of financier J. Pierpont Morgan, and by 1930 he had documented more than eighty tribes and made over 40,000 photographs. Estimate $3,000-5,000
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