The North American Indians in Early Photographs

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A photographic book providing a record of the Indians of North America between 1850 and the First World War as seen by early photographers. From the first pictures, prompted by a sense of curiosity, to the later images capturing the change in the Indian way of life, these photographs document the confrontation between white and Indian cultures. The pictures, some of which have never before been published, combine with the text to provide an important history of North American Indian life. The book also traces the evolution of photographic technique of the period and includes short biographies of over 200 photographers.

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These two photography and Indian experts from the Smithsonian have compiled an excellent documentation of early field and studio photos of Native Americans. They use the work of professionals and amateurs to show how photography was used to portray the Indians before World War I. Their painstaking research in diaries and other unpublished and published sources has led to the correction of many misattributed photos. A 16-page list of individuals and studios contains the dates of operation, places of business, and names of tribes they photographed. Represented are delegation and survey photos, war and reservation life, and views of early anthropologists. A unique work both for its contribution to the history of photography and to Native American studies. Highly recommended for general readers as well as scholars.Susan Hamburger, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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