Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) was an American ethnologist and photographer of the American West and is known for his images of Native Americans. Born in rural Wisconsin, he later established his own studio in Seattle with Thomas Guptill. He spent the summer of 1900 observing the Sun Dance at an encampment in Montana, where his interest in Native American cultures increased. The photographer was given a grant to produce a series on Native Americans and spent 30 years photographing and documenting over 80 tribes.This lead to the publication of the his most famous work The North American Indian in 1930. His work is in major public and private collections worldwide, including the Getty, the MoMA, and the Met.