The Curtis Family ~ Who Was Edward S. Curtis?
"Try to make your work show some individuality . . . make it look yourself; let it show that you have put part of your life into it."
~ Edward S. Curtis, The Western Trail, Seattle, 1900

Edward S. Curtis
Edward S. Curtis, about 1899

At a time when photographers were struggling to establish photography as a legitimate art form, Curtis' work was already being hailed for its artistic merits. Curtis saw himself as an artist with a mission.

Edward S. Curtis
Edward S. Curtis

"I have made about every sacrifice a human being can for the sake of the work, and the work is worth it . . . The lack of comparatively paltry dollars is maddening."
~ Edward S. Curtis in a letter to J.P. Morgan's office, 1913
~ Working on the Frontier

~ The Curtis Family ~ Working on the Frontier ~ Gaining Support ~ A Life's Work ~ Early Books ~ Family Sacrifices
~ "The Man Who Never Took Time to Play" ~ Curtis' Technique ~ Alaska ~
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