The Repub­li­ca­tion

American Fine Art Magazine - - Editor’s Letter - –Pres­i­dent Theodore Roo­sevelt

Ed­ward Cur­tis’ mas­ter­piece, The North Amer­i­can In­dian, may be the most am­bi­tious and ex­pen­sive photo-ethno­graphic project ever un­der­taken. Be­tween 1900 and 1930, Cur­tis lived with over eighty tribal groups through­out the Amer­i­can West. In to­day’s dol­lars it was a $35,000,000 project. His mag­num opus, The North Amer­i­can In­dian, is so rare and sought af­ter that orig­i­nal Sets can now com­mand up to $3,000,000 each. It is truly a land­mark in the his­tory of pho­tog­ra­phy, ethnog­ra­phy, and fine book mak­ing.


At close to 1% of the cost of an orig­i­nal, a beau­ti­ful, ar­ti­sanal re-cre­ation of this iconic pub­li­ca­tion is fi­nally avail­able. Mr. Cur­tis, be­cause of the sin­gu­lar com­bi­na­tion of qual­i­ties with which he has been blest, has been able to do what no other man ever has done; ... What no other man could do.

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