Early Ethnographic Photography and Film

Edward S. Curtis:

He published The North American Indian Project between 1907 and 1930 with the intent to record traditional Indian cultures. The work comprises twenty volumes of narrative text and photogravure images. Each volume is accompanied by a portfolio of large photogravure plates. The entire work is available on the website.

Curtis also made a film with the materials filmed during his expeditions. The film In the Land of The Head-Hunters was released in 1914.

You can download the film scene by scene from the link above or view a short clip on youtube:


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One Response to Early Ethnographic Photography and Film

  1. Jay River says:

    Another resource is ES Curtis’s “Indian Picture Opera”.Link:Film ClipThis is Curtis explaining his works and observations. The full production can be searched on Amazon (dvd).

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