Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher Pdf




Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Number of page: 352
Author: Timothy Egan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547840604
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Category: History

“A vivid exploration of one man’s lifelong obsession with an idea . . . Egan’s spirited biography might just bring [Curtis] the recognition that eluded him in life.” — Washington Post Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. But when he was thirty-two years old, in 1900, he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared.Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes. It took tremendous perseverance — ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Curtis would amass more than 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings, and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian.“A darn good yarn. Egan is a muscular storyteller and his book is a rollicking page-turner with a colorfully drawn hero.” — San Francisco Chronicle

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  • A Google UserA Google User
    SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Egan (The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, 2009, etc.) returns with the story of the astonishing life of Edward Curtis (1868-1952), whose photographs of American Indians now command impressive prices at auction.This is an era of excessive subtitles—but not this one: “Epic” and “immortal” are words most fitting for Curtis
  • Jason RumbaughJason Rumbaugh
    Great story of an unsung hero Well written historical book that kept me interested throughout. Curtis captured the fading culture of Native Americans before they were altered or destroyed by modern society. Now generations of First Nation people can literally see their history.
  • Iriaka Epiha-FerrisIriaka Epiha-Ferris
    awesome! Just awesome
  • Joshua LopezJoshua Lopez
    Best nonfiction book I’ve ever read I normally do not read nonfiction, but I was both interested because of my interest in Native Americans and photography. The author did an amazing job of keeping it a page turner the whole way through
  • Sheila1957Sheila1957
    LibraryThing Review The life of Edward Curtis who photographed and told the stories of The North American Indian. His collection of the languages, customs, and traditions was phenomenal. If he had not done the
  • SchmergulsSchmerguls
    LibraryThing Review This 2012 book by the author of The Worst Bad Time (read by me on 17 Oct 2006) tells the story of Edward Curtis, who took some 40,000 pictures of American Indians and actually managed to to produce a
  • jphamiltonjphamilton
    LibraryThing Review My short review: outstanding book, unbelievable life
  • dele2451dele2451
    LibraryThing Review The consummate tale of an early starving artist who suffered all for the sake of his craft. Incredibly talented pioneer in his field, world famous, devoted his entire adult life to an incredibly
  • StbalbachStbalbach
    LibraryThing Review I’m not a huge fan of Egan’s writing style, not sure what it is, I had the same reaction on finishing Worst Hard Time, it was painless reading but didn’t leave a lasting impression. This should have
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