The Storm - Apache (Primary Title)
Before the Storm, Apache (Alternate Title)

Edward S. Curtis, American, 1868 - 1952 (Artist)

1903, printed ca. 1907
Framed: 15 7/8 × 18 13/16 in. (40.32 × 47.78 cm)
Image (sight): 10 3/8 × 13 5/8 in. (26.35 × 34.61 cm)
Not on view

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.


The image is printed on the back of a glass plate that is coated with imitation gold leaf, a process invented by Curtis (Curt-tone).
Signed in plate in lower right corner: "Curtis".
Copyright stamp printed in plate in lower left corner: "c [encircled]".
A. Paul Funkhouser Endowment
Davis, Barbara A. "Edward S. Curtis: The Life and Times of Shadow Catcher" (Tokyo: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., 1985), 93.
©artist or artist’s estate

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