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Gallery of Pho­tog­ra­phy, Meet­ing House Sq, Tem­ple Bar, Dublin Tues-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 1-6pm Un­til Jan 21 01-6714654 It’s very likely that you’ve al­ready seen some of the work of Ed­ward S Cur­tis (1868-1952). He was the most fa­mous pho­tog­ra­pher of his time and de­voted 30 years of his life to doc­u­ment­ing the lives and en­vi­ron­ments of over 80 tribes of Na­tive Amer­i­cans all over the United States. His over­all project, The North Amer­i­can In­dian, was a gar­gan­tuan un­der­tak­ing which ap­par­ently cost him “his fam­ily, his fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity and his health”. Cur­tis’s por­traits of Na­tive Amer­i­cans, though, have be­come iconic. While he cer­tainly did pic­to­ri­alise his sub­ject mat­ter, the images are still stun­ning and were clearly very in­flu­en­tial – it’s hard to think of John Ford’s ar­che­typal west­erns with­out the ex­am­ple of Cur­tis, for ex­am­ple. And Cur­tis was an ex­cep­tion­ally sym­pa­thetic por­traitist, con­cerned to im­bue his sub­jects with iden­tity and a sense of au­ton­o­mous pres­ence. The Gallery of Pho­tog­ra­phy’s show fea­tures more than 60 pho­to­graphs. It was cu­rated by Christo­pher Car­dozo, an ex­pert on the artist’s work and the founder/chair of the Ed­ward S Cur­tis Foun­da­tion.

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