Edward Sheriff Curtis

1868 – 1952

The Curtis Centennial Project


Flathead Camp

Crater Lake

An Oasis in the Badlands


Edward Sheriff Curtis is best known for his photographic images of Native Americans published in twenty volumes of text and photographs, and another twenty portfolios of photogravure plates for The North American Indian. Beginning in 1898 Curtis worked for the next thirty years on this endeavor.

The current offerings in our gallery are “contemporary original prints” produced for the Curtis Centennial Project in 1998-99 from Curtis’ original negatives and using the Goldtone, or “orotone”, process of which he was a pioneer. Therefore, these are not described as reproductions.

While Curtis is credited with over 40,000 photographic images, only 1 in 1,000 were produced as orotones due to the expense and complexity of the process.

The custom-made frames on these orotones replicate Curtis’ originals in style and materials.

“Flathead Camp” is #15 in and edition of 250 and “Crater Lake” is #25 in an edition of 250.  The image sizes are 14″ x 17″ and the framed sizes are 19″ x 22″.

“An Oasis in the Badlands” is #15 in an edition of 150, negative date 1905. This image in an orotone is very rare and seldom offed for sale.  The image size is 18″ x 12″ and the framed size is 23″ x 27″.

Please contact the gallery if you are interested in these pieces.

About Edward Sheriff Curtis

From 1904 to 1930, Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) sought out the vanishing tribes of Native Americans with an unwavering passion and dedication. His life’s work was to record the faces and lifestyles of the Indians before they vanished forever beneath the settling of the continent by the white man.

Edward S. Curtis photographed his subjects from the deserts of the Southwest to the ice floes of the Arctic, recording with his camera and pen the look and the culture of more than eighty tribes. It was an achievement both poignant and monumental.