Negative 1906, Printed 1906
A compelling landscape by internationally renowned photographer, Edward S. Curtis. This iconic Curtis photograph was made in the high mountains of Apache-land in Arizona. The lone rider, a scout, rides through the arid mountains surrounded by large yucca plants. He most likely is a member of the White Mountain Apache tribe, which occupied areas of southeastern Arizona. He wears a simple breach cloth and side-knotted headband and is riding bareback, as was the custom. The inclusion of a strong foreground plus the dramatic cloud formations in the background both isolate and emphasize the horse and rider. The strong backlighting further adds to the drama and the impact of the image.
This rare gelatin silver print is in a form of presentation commonly known as a “border print.” The duo-tone border was created in the darkroom to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the print. It is estimated that as few as 1 in 500 of Curtis’ prints were done in this way. Curtis rarely made gelatin silver prints for exhibition or sale, as is the case here, thus adding to their rarity and desirability. It is believed that five or fewer border prints of this image exist.
Location of Origin: North America
Medium/Materials: Photograph, Gelatin Silver Print
Dimensions: Print Size: 10 3/8 in x 12 7/8 in, 26.3525 cm x 32.7025 cm
Primary Classification: Arts of the American West : Early Western Photography
Secondary Classification: Fine Art : Photography
This vintage gelatin silver print is in excellent overall condition. An irregular stain at the lower right corner of the outer border, not effecting the image; adhesive remnants at the upper margin on the reverse side of the print, not effecting image/recto; and scattered discoloration on the reverse side of the print, not effecting image/recto. Print quality is excellent and original ink signature remains strong and crisp. A vintage Curtis print of this image sold for $104,000 in Paris in 2011.
Edward Curtis:Edward Curtis is the most widely collected and exhibited fine art photographer in the history of the medium. His work is found in major public and private collections and has been exhibited in over forty countries. He created an unprecedented body of work, and has won numerous awards and accolades internationally. While his thirty-year project nearly drove him into bankruptcy and cost him his health and family, today the aggregate value of the photographs he created exceeds one half of a billion dollars. A set of his magnum opus, The North American Indian brought $2,880,000 in 2012 at Christie’s New York. Individual prints have sold for over $100,000 at auction.
Vendor:The vendor is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on Edward Curtis. During his forty-year career, he has authored eight monographs on Curtis and has organized and curated exhibitions that have been seen in over forty countries. He currently maintains an inventory of over 1,500 vintage Curtis photographs. His personal Curtis collection is the world’s largest and most broad-ranging, and selections have been exhibited at major museums internationally.
Exhibition History & Publication:This image has been included in countless exhibitions internationally. This image has also been illustrated in countless monographs on Curtis, including, Sacred Legacy, Native Nations, Chiefs and Warriors and Great Warriors.
Provenance: This vintage photograph has been with the vendor for over a decade, held for long-term investment.
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