September 9, 2012

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

cover image of Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
The Epic and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
Timothy Egan

Photographer Edward Curtis (1868-1952) was the Annie Liebowitz of his day. But in 1900 at the age of 32, with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and the funding of J.P. Morgan, Curtis gave up his fame to spend the next 30 years documenting the stories and rituals of more than 80 Native American Indian tribes before they disappeared. As his family life, finances, and reputation fell apart, he published the last of his 20-volume project in 1930, only to be ignored by a nation in the grips of the Great Depression. Fascinating and highly anticipated nonfiction by the author of the National Book Award winner, The Worst Hard Time (2006).