Figge

The work of a photographer who spent 30 years chronicling the Native American people of the United States is on display at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, beginning today. "Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks" is on display in the third-floor gallery until Jan. 17. In 1900, Curtis set out on a monumental quest to make an unprecedented, comprehensive record of the North American Indian. He traveled to Alaska, the Southwest and the Great Plains in search of his subjects. Over the next 30 years he produced more than 40,000 photographs of Native peoples. The culmination of his project resulted in a 20-volume, 20 portfolio set of handmade books titled "The North American Indian," one of the most ambitious publishing projects in American history. The exhibition includes well-known and rare images of Native Americans includes portraits, traditional scenes and ceremonies on platinum prints, goldtones, cyanotypes and the more common photogravures.

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