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Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868-1952), \"Chief Joseph\", taken 1908, printed 2008, contemporary goldtone/orotone

Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868-1952), \"Chief Joseph\", taken 1908, printed 2008, contemporary goldtone/orotone

Product Description:

Contemporary goldtone or orotone, taken 1908, printed 2008, from Curtis' original glass-plate negative, signed in the negative at lower right, from the proposed edition of 250, framed.

The signature in this photograph is made directly from a digital scan of Curtis' original signature.

Each hand-made, finished and framed goldtone is the result of over sixty separate, distinct steps.

Due to the unavailability of critical, propriety materials, the publisher anticipates only being able to complete, on average, 15% - 20% of projected editions of the Goldtones. (Please note, with a small number of the most popular and iconic images the publisher hopes to complete 40% - 100% of the projected edition.)

Dimensions:

Height 14 in. x Width 17 in. (image)

Condition:

Fine. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions.

About The Artist:

Edward Curtis is the most widely collected and exhibited fine art photographer in the history of the medium. His work is found in major public and private collections and has been exhibited in over forty countries. He created an unprecedented body of work, and has won numerous awards and accolades internationally. While his thirty-year project nearly drove him into bankruptcy and cost him his health and family, today the aggregate value of the photographs he created exceeds one half of a billion dollars. A set of his magnum opus, The North American Indian brought $2,880,000 in 2012 at Christie’s New York. Individual prints have sold for over $100,000 at auction.

Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce is still widely considered to be one of the most important and noble tribal leaders of the 19th century. He became close friends with Edward Curtis and this friendship was critical in Curtis’ later success in gaining the trust of numerous other tribes. Joseph’s pride and nobility and the tragedies that he and his people suffered are all evident on his face. After eluding the U.S. Calvary for nearly two years he was finally subdued and there upon uttered his famous words, “I will fight no more forever…” This image is extremely rare as a vintage goldtone and a Height 11 in. x Width 14 in. example sold in 2001 for over $60,000.

The Goldtone, or "Orotone", process was pioneered by Edward S. Curtis over 100 years ago and was his preferred way of producing his photographic images. Of the many processes Curtis worked in, goldtone is generally the most sought-after. Because of their complexity and expense Curtis printed only about 1 in 1,000 of his negatives as goldtones.

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Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868-1952), \"Chief Joseph\", taken 1908, printed 2008, contemporary goldtone/orotone

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