Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

Item No: 5657

$ 15.95

  • A biographical account of how a lone man’s epic obsession led to one of America’s greatest cultural treasures.  Prize-winning author Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the photographer Edward Curtis and the most famous photographs in Native American history.
    • Author: Timothy Egan
    • Paperback: 384 pages
    • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (August 6, 2013)
    • ISBN-10: 0544102762
    • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of seven books, most recently Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, named Best of the Month by Amazon.com. His book on the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, won a National Book Award for nonfiction and was named a New York Times Editors' Choice, a New York Times Notable Book, a Washington State Book Award winner, and a Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book. He writes a weekly opinion column for the New York Times.
  • Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. But when he was thirty-two years old, in 1900, he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared. Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes. It took tremendous perseverance — ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Curtis would amass more than 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings, and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian.
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