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

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

by Timothy Egan
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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was impressed with the dedication and perseverance of Mr Curtis. He gave much of his life to this North American Indian project at great personal cost. Although he died a poor man, he left us a rich history of an almost forgotten people. This was a very interesting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating book about a pioneering photographer and story teller that I had never heard of. I would highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of a visionary who honored his public commitment to complete a staggering project.  A powerfully told story of an artist, poised at the beginning of a new era telling an important story from the (rapidly receding) past era.  A classic story of the difficulty of financially funding a vision and the potential costs of pursuing one's passion.  Highly recommended book.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
The life of Edward Curtis who photographed and told the stories of The North American Indian. His collection of the languages, customs, and traditions was phenomenal. If he had not done the documenting of them, once the tribes were assimilated into the US culture, they would have been lost. This book was well researched. It took me a couple of chapters to get into the story of Edward Curtis but once I did I was fascinated by his story and life. He met so many famous people both Anglo and Native. He was persistent. It took longer than he thought but he was thorough and very much into his subject no matter where they were. Interesting piece of history of which I knew nothing.
rfortson More than 1 year ago
Well written and a fascinating story.  I have enjoyed Curtis' photographs, and learning the story behind them made it more enjoyable. One comment to the Nook version - not all of the photos can be enlarged.  It seems to be a bug in the software.  It's a shame since I'd like to see the wonderful photos in a much detail as possible.  Other than that, the nook version is fine.
Deacon_Tate More than 1 year ago
I bought a book of Curtis's photography years ago. This biography fleshes out and explains what he was doing and why he did it. He was a forward thinking person. I recommend this to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What toll does an obsession take on a man and his family?  Egan answers that question in this well-researched biography of Edward S. Curtis
GBear More than 1 year ago
Curtis was a great artist I had heard of and had seen some of his work but did not know the story behind the photos. This book shows the obsession of a life's work and the lows that plague many a great artist's masterpieces.
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