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Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868-1952), "The Vanishing Race", taken 1904, printed 2008, contemporary goldtone/orotone

Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868-1952), "The Vanishing Race", taken 1904, printed 2008, contemporary goldtone/orotone

Item Description:

Contemporary goldtone or orotone, taken 1904, 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.

The Vanishing Race was Curtis’ signature piece and was the visual metaphor for the core concept underlying Curtis’ entire thirty- year project i.e., that Native Americans, as a culture, at least, were vanishing and that it was Curtis’ over-arching goal to capture a record of them and their world before they disappeared forever. Curtis searched for an image to illustrate this idea for nearly four years before creating The Vanishing Race. A century ago, it was by far and away Curtis’ most popular single image. Today it still remains a highly sought after classic.

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 Vanishing Race", taken 1904, printed 2008, contemporary goldtone/orotone

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