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Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian: The Complete Portfolios (Klotz) Paperback – 25 Nov 2005


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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Taschen 25th anniversary ed edition (25 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822810398
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822810392
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 4.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 988,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author: Hans Christian Adam (born 1948) works as a photographic consultant in Gottingen. He has published many articles and some books on photography, including TASCHEN's monograph on Karl Blossfeldt.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie on 15 Mar. 2005
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Edward Sheriff Curtis dedicated his life's work to documenting the customs and lifeways of the Native American peoples of North America. This extraordinary book includes some of the best photographic examples from Curtis' twenty volume masterpiece,
"The North American Indian," one of the most significant representations of traditional indigenous culture ever produced.
Curtis was one of two official photographers for the 1899 Harriman expedition to Alaska. On his return, he stopped in northern Montana, accompanied by George Bird Grinell, editor of Forest and Stream. There he witnesses the deeply sacred Sundance of the Piegan and Blackfoot tribes, a sight which transformed his life. Grinell said to him at that time, "Take a good look. We're not going to see this kind of thing much longer. It already belongs to the past". It became clear to him then, that he was to record, with pen and camera, the life of the North American Indian.
Beginning in 1900 and continuing over the next thirty years, Edward S. Curtis, sometimes called the "Shadow Catcher" by tribes' people, took over 40,000 photographs and recorded ethnographic information from over eighty American Indian tribal groups, ranging from the Eskimo or Inuit people in the North to the Hopi people of the Southwest. In the end, the work comprised twenty textual volumes and twenty portfolios with over 2,000 illustrations. They are organized by tribes and culture areas, encompassing the Great Plains, Great Basin, Plateau Region, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gavin on 21 Sept. 2006
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I saw this book in New York in April 06 and assumed as it is published by Taschen it would be easy to buy in the UK. Infact it only seems to be available through specialist sellers(via Amazon)- but at the price and with the amount of information it holds, if the North American Indian or any form of ethnography is your field of interest this book is a real bargain.

A wonderful insight into North American cultures, many of which were becoming increasingly vulnerable at the time (1900-30)when this amazing man took it upon himself to travel vast distances in order to record in amazing breadth, in both words and photographs, the North American Indian. This book is a very pared-down version of the original twenty volumes (the project was intially expected to take a short five years, but infact took thirty, with initial and final budgets to match). Each of Curtis's volumes are briefly covered in photographs - the only text is in the form of captions to most of the photographs, apart from the twenty or so pages of introduction. So it's not pretending to be an in-depth tome, but it is approachable, concise and easy to read.

A fascinating book, and one which could whet the appetite for much further interest.
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By Shazzabonne on 8 Dec. 2012
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The photographs taken by Edward Curtis are an essential part of his record of the Amerindian tribes and culture. Unfortunately they really are not reproduced at all well in this book. To be honest, they are so small and so dark it is very hard to make out any detail in most of them. This has not been one of my best purchases on Amazon. If you are interested in E. Curtis' photos, get the Kindle edition of 90+ Photographic Reproductions ... far bigger and clearer - and cheaper!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By breezy on 29 Oct. 2012
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This has to be my most disappointing purchase ever on Amazon. This was a ground breaking photographic study of the many North American Indian tribes and was pioneering photography at its best. Unfortunately the images presented in this book are of such poor quality that I hardly make them out and I feel I cannot give this purchase as the gift I intended. It would be too embarrassing. I am really disappointed.
L Boden
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Great Collection 13 April 2002
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Format: Paperback
This is an incredible collection of pictures. Piles on piles of pictures. But... The pictures are small. I was hoping for a collection of large pictures(i.e. 8x10) but the majority of them are approximately 4x5. It's a wonderful book, but don't expect full sized images. Irregardless it's a great buy for the price. You'll have a hard time finding a collection of pictures as big as this(even if the pictures are small) :)
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
the complete best 25 Jan. 2000
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Format: Paperback
absolutely stunning recollection of his complete photos. the reproductions are somewhat small, but easily viewable. such a complete set is so awe inspiring, anyone who has an interest or a love for native ameircan history/american history must have this book. absolute beauty.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Edward S. Curtis' best book, The North American Indian 1 July 2008
By Book Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The paperback version of this book is somewhat small, 5 1/2 x 7 3/4, so the pictures inside are quite small, making it hard to really accurately see the Indians. Many of the photos came out fairly dark, so the images are not clear and sharp. It does, however, chronicle the entire portfolio which Curtis completed in his original book. Since you can't usually find the original, this is the best you can get. Would be better in a larger format, however. Very interesting text.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not what I thought 22 Mar. 2011
By Marmar - Published on Amazon.com
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I looked at the available contents of this book. There were supposed to be over 700 pages to this book, but the book I received only had 218. I am very disappointed in this book. It was not at all what was advertised. Why put those contents when they are not in the book that I received!!!
The North American Indian
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Amazing photography from amazing circumstances! 9 Oct. 1998
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This book grows upon you as you realize the conditions under which this photograher lived in order to record this aspect of American history. Edward Curtis was truly artistic in his approach to photograhing this way of life . Consequently, the compassion he developed for these people is evident in his images. A great book to have if you're intriqued by photography.
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