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by Timothy Egan

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Title:Short nights of the Shadow Catcher : the epic life and immortal photographs of Edward Curtis
Authors:Timothy Egan
Info:Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan (2012)

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Not sure when I finished this, but do remember finding it fascinating. The story of an American photographer who took pictures of the native Americans and documented their way of life. ( )
  maryreinert | May 9, 2017 |
Fascinating and well-researched book about photographer Edward Curtis. I learned a lot.
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER tells the story of the life of Edward Curtis, who devoted his life to photographing and documenting the vanishing ways of life of eighty American Indian tribes.
It is an interesting coincidence that, shortly before the rise of the IDLE NO MORE movement, the National Book Award winners for fiction ( Louise Erdrich's THE ROUNDHOUSE) and non-fiction ( Timothy Egan's THE SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOWCATCHER) would both address the injustice and brutal treatment that Native Americans have experienced. ( )
  maryhollis | Feb 20, 2017 |
Edward Curtis spent his life trying to capture images, language and traditions of the remaining western Indian tribes that still existed at the turn of the twentieth century, finally producing a 20 volume compendium of pictures and information. He is well-served by this very sympathetic biography, which is informative and enjoyable. ( )
  gbelik | Nov 4, 2016 |
I have read several of Mr. Egan's book and have enjoyed his enthusiastic writing and his way of bringing history to life. I enjoyed learning more about Edward Curtis and this fascinating time during our country's history. The only this I would have liked to have seen is more pictures, and perhaps a section of pictures on better-quality paper. Because now I am hungry to see more of his beautiful pictures. ( )
  Luke_Brown | Sep 10, 2016 |
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Timothy Egan brings Curtis alive as an energetic overachiever scrambling against the annihilating effects of time, government officials and Christian missionaries
 
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We are vanishing from the earth, yet I cannot think we are useless or else U sen would not have created us. He created all tribes of men and cererontainly had a righteous purpose in creating each. - Geronimo Apache
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is in the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself at sunset. - Crowfoot Blackfeet
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In memory of Joan Patricia Lynch Egan, mother of seven, who filled us with the Irish love of the underdog and of the written word. She was sustained by books until the very end.
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The last Indian of Seattle lived in a shack down among the greased piers and coal bunkers of the new city, on what was then called West Street, her hovel in the grip of Puget Sound, off plumb in a rise above the tidal flats.
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CONTENTS: First picture -- Encounter on a volcano -- The Big Idea -- Indian Napoleon -- With the President -- In the den of the titan -- Anglos in Indian country -- The artist and his audience -- The Custer conundrum -- The most remarkable man -- On the river of the West -- New art forms -- Moving pictures -- Lost days -- Second wind -- The longest days -- Fight to the finish -- Twilight -- Epilogue: Revival.
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In the summer of 1900, Edward Curtis gave up a successful photography career to pursue a quixotic plan: to photograph all the Indian communities in North America. He quickly learned that his subjects were dying off fast, so he’d need to hurry if he was “to capture the essence of their lives before that essence disappeared.” A mountaineer, explorer, intrepid photojournalist, and amateur anthropologist, Curtis was Ansel Adams crossed with Annie Leibovitz, a willful and passionate chronicler of a people he came to love. “I want to make them live forever,” Curtis said in the early days of his decades-long mission. As Egan’s thrilling story attests, he succeeded, even though he died penniless and alone. --Neal Thompson

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Bear's Belly
Bear's Belly (Edward S. Curtis, courtesy of Cardozo Fine Art)

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Before the Storm
Before the Storm (Edward S. Curtis, courtesy of Cardozo Fine Art)

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Canyon De Chelley
Canyon De Chelley (Edward S. Curtis, courtesy of Cardozo Fine Art)

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Oasis in the Bad Lands
Oasis in the Bad Lands (Edward S. Curtis, courtesy of Cardozo Fine Art)

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Piegan Encampment
Piegan Encampment (Edward S. Curtis, courtesy of Cardozo Fine Art)

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Watching Dancers
Watching Dancers (Edward S. Curtis, courtesy of Cardozo Fine Art)

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"Edward Curtis was dashing, charismatic, a passionate mountaineer, a famous photographer--the Annie Liebowitz of his time. And he was thirty-two years old in 1900 when he gave it all up to pursue his great idea: He would try to capture on film the Native American nation before it disappeared. At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance--six years alone to convince the Hopi to allow him into their Snake Dance ceremony. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. He would die penniless and unknown in Hollywood just a few years after publishing the last of his twenty volumes. But the charming rogue with the grade-school education had fulfilled his promise--his great adventure succeeded in creating one of America's most stunning cultural achievements."--… (more)

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