Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians | 2000
Profile of photographer Edward S. Curtis. As American Indians stood on the brink of extinction -- their ancient cultures collapsing under the country's westward expansion -- Edward S. Curtis resolved to capture their way of life through photography. A century ago, Curtis produced an anthropological study: the 20-volume series called "The North American Indian." He sacrificed his health, his marriage and his fortunes to create this pictorial history of more than 80 tribes. Between 1900 and 1930, Curtis made 40,000 phtographs, 10,000 recordings of Indian songs and a full-length ethnographic feature film, the first of its kind.