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The gift of the face : portraiture and time in Edward S. Curtis's the North American Indian

Author: Shamoon Zamir
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian is the most ambitious photographic and ethnographic record of Native American cultures ever produced. Published between 1907 and 1930 as a series of twenty volumes and portfolios, the work contains more than two thousand photographs intended to document the traditional culture of every Native American tribe west of the Mississippi. Many critics have claimed that Curtis's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Zamir, Shamoon.
Gift of the face
(DLC) 2014002679
(OCoLC)860943925
Named Person: Edward S Curtis
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Shamoon Zamir
ISBN: 9781469611761 1469611767 9781469615653 1469615657
OCLC Number: 880878023
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Shamoon Zamir.
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"Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian is the most ambitious photographic and ethnographic record of Native American cultures ever produced. Published between 1907 and 1930 as a series of twenty volumes and portfolios, the work contains more than two thousand photographs intended to document the traditional culture of every Native American tribe west of the Mississippi. Many critics have claimed that Curtis's images present Native peoples as a "vanishing race," hiding both their engagement with modernity and the history of colonial violence. But in this major reappraisal of Curtis's work, Shamoon Zamir argues instead that Curtis's photography engages meaningfully with the crisis of culture and selfhood brought on by the dramatic transformations of Native societies. This crisis is captured profoundly, and with remarkable empathy, in Curtis's images of the human face. Zamir also contends that we can fully understand this achievement only if we think of Curtis's Native subjects as coauthors of his project. This radical reassessment is presented as a series of close readings that explore the relationship of aesthetics and ethics in photography. Zamir's richly illustrated study resituates Curtis's work in Native American studies and in the histories of photography and visual anthropology."--

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