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Dip-Netting in Pools, Wishram
OAC IdentifierCUR; 77-96
TitleDip-Netting in Pools, Wishram
Artwork DescriptionAn historic photogravure print of a Native Ameican man fishing with a long net.
NotesPAPER USED: The two prints in the State Capitol Percent for Art collection are tissue prints. At the time of their printing they were done on one of three papers: Van Gelder, Japanese vellum, and India proof or tissue. A premium was paid at the time of issue for works on tissue because printing on the tissue was a more difficult process. The quality of print on this paper was also better because of the very smooth surface. About 60% of the prints were done on Van Gelder, 30% on vellum, and 10% on tissue. BACKGROUND: These photogravure prints by Curtis were produced 1906-1930 and the body of work was entitled "North American Indians." 20 books and 20 portfolios were produced. The two prints in the Capitol collection were from Portfolio 8. (from REPORT ON EDWARD CURTIS PRINTS FROM CONVERSATION WITH CURTIS PRINT SPECIALIST, 1991)
Artist StatementIt is thus near to nature that much of the life of the Indian still is; hence its story, rather than being replete with statistics of commercial conquests, is a record of the Indian's relations with and dependence on the phenomena of the universe--trees and shrubs, the sun and stars, the lightning and rain--for these to him are inanimate creatures. Even more than that, they are deified, therefore are revered and propiated, since upon them man must depend for his well-being. (Edward S. Curtis, unpublished notes, c. 1912)
LC SubjectPhotography
Outdoor photography
Photography of men
Indians of North America
Photography of water
Fishing nets
AAT Subjectart photography
black-and-white photography
documentary photography
gelatin silver prints
CreatorCurtis, Edward Sheriff, 1868-1952
About the ArtistBorn in 1868 in rural Wisconsin, Edward Sherrif Curtis moved with his family to Southern Minnesota before he reached the age of five. Photography was then a very new technology and an even more nascent art form, and Curtis was fascinated by it from a very early age. By the time he reached his teens he had built his own camera. By his mid-teens, Curtis had spent a great deal of time reading about and experimenting with photographic techniques and ideas. At the age of seventeen, he moved to Saint Paul, where he spent more than a year as an apprentice photographer. In 1887, his father's failing health caused the family to move to the Northwest. This move would later turn out to be a major factor in Curtis' subsequent interest in the American Indian. Thus, although he was large self-taught, Curtis was not only well-versed in the fundamentals of photography, but also was a serious and dedicated practitioner by the time he was twenty years old. During his lifetime, Curtis was widely acknowledged as a skilled portrait photographer, master printmaker, film-maker, lecturer, adventurer and mountaineer. Today, however, Curtis is primarily known as a master photographer and ethnographer of the North American Indian. This is undoubtedly as it should be, for he left us a photographic and ethnographic record unparalleled in the history of publishing. This massively ambitious undertaking entitled "The North American Indian" was the principal vehicle Curtis used to communicate his passionate obsession with recording the image, history, culture and spiritual life of the American Indian. This photo-ethnographic study compresses over two thousand original photographic prints (photogravures) as well as approximately six thousand pages of text. The project ultimately cost Curtis his family, his financial security, and his health. Nevertheless, he single-mindedly pursued his intense and powerful vision with an extraordinary sense of mission and thereby left us with an irreplaceable record which, after decades of obscurity, is once again appreciated as an extraordinary artistic and historical achievement. The fact that Curtis was able to make such an intimate record during the very period when the American Indian's way of life was being destroyed by the White man, makes his accomplishment all the more remarkable. (1987, Christopher Cardozo, Guest Curator for a Curtis exhibition as the Minnesota Museum of Art)
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Artwork Creation Date1900
Award Date(s)1976
Installation Date1977
Materials/Techniqueblack & white photography; photogravure
Source Formatslide
Artwork SiteSalem Oregon. State Capitol Building. Photograph Collection
Locationnear room 203
Site Address900 Court Street N.E., Salem, Oregon
CountyMarion County, Oregon
Image Processing HistoryMaster tiff image captured at 4000 pixels across the long edge using SilverFast AI 6.0 software. Digital images in tiff format are archived and saved. Adobe Photoshop CS2 used to reorient and crop image, set and neutralize shadow and highlight points, adjust levels, contrast and sharpen as needed. Second production tiff saved. Color profile converted from Adobe RGB (1998) to sRGB IEC61966-2.1, resolution revised to 125 pixels, resize longer dimension to 875 pixels; save display jpeg at quality level 6.
RightsCopyright is retained by the artist or author. All rights reserved.
ContributorsUniversity of Oregon Libraries; Oregon Arts Commission
PublisherUniversity of Oregon Libraries
Digital Collection TitleUniversity of Oregon. Libraries. Oregon Public Percent for Art Digital Collection.
Contributing InstitutionContributing Institution
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