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Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868-1952), "The Rush Gatherer", taken 1910, printed 2008, contemporary goldtone/orotone

Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868-1952), "The Rush Gatherer", taken 1910, printed 2008, contemporary goldtone/orotone

Item Description:

Contemporary goldtone or orotone, taken 1910, 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.)


Fine. Please contact for specific condition questions.


Height 14 in. x Width 17 in. (image)
Height 19 in. x Width 22 in. (frame)

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.

This is one of Curtis’ most beautiful and compelling goldtones. The unusually large light toned areas of the image help create a goldtone of unrivaled brilliance. There is no other Curtis image that more fully takes advantage of the beauty of the goldtone process. This photograph was taken on Flathead Lake in Northern Montana and the Native American pictured is from the Kutenai tribe. The Kutenai were semi-nomadic and occupied portions of southeastern British Columbia, northern Idaho, and northwestern Montana, moving seasonally to follow food sources. The Kutenai usually crafted their canoes of pine bark, but as illustrated here, occasionally made canoes of fresh elk hides stretched over a framework of fir strips. Rushes gathered in swamps and lakes were dried and strung together into mats, lodge coverings, mattresses, and other utilitarian items.

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), "The Rush Gatherer", taken 1910, printed 2008, contemporary goldtone/orotone

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