Cañyon de Chelly - Navajo

Cañyon de Chelly - Navajo


Edward S. Curtis

(American, 1868-1952)

Platinum print, mercury-toned

Image: 31.5 x 41.8 cm (12 3/8 x 16 7/16 in.); Matted: 61 x 76.2 cm (24 x 30 in.)

Gift of Kathryn Arns May in memory of Mary Moore Arns 1987.182



Curtis, one of the most prolific and technically skilled photographers of his day, left a legacy of photographs taken between 1900 and 1930 that document Native American tribal life. In this carefully composed image, Curtis recorded the awesome canyons that sheltered prehistoric Pueblo Indians for a thousand years and served as an ancestral stronghold of the Navajo tribe. The inclusion of figures on horseback emphasizes the immense scale of the rock formations. This warm platinum print created in the pictorial style beautifully presents dramatic illumination, distant perspective, and expansive tonal range.

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