The Storm - Apache (Primary Title)
Before the Storm, Apache (Alternate Title)
Edward S. Curtis is one of the most acclaimed photographers of the American West, and "Before the Storm, Apache" is a compelling example of his distinctive medium – the orotone. While he did not invent this photographic process, Curtis refined it to such a degree that he is considered a master of the technique. These glass-plate images have a resplendent glow and nearly mirrorlike effect that renders them, according to the artist, “as full of life and sparkle as an opal.” Best known for his magisterial, forty-volume "The North American Indian", Curtis promoted a romanticized yet ethnographic view of Native Americans that shaped varied imagery from his own day to contemporary Hollywood.
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