Resurrecting the Dead: Contemporary Critiques of Edward S. Curtis and Frank Matsura's Photographic Legacies

The David and Anne McCosh Memorial Visiting Lecturer Series on Northwest Art
Sat, 05/18/2019 - 2:00pm

By Michael Holloman, Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Drawing Coordinator, Washington State University. 

The Dawes Act of 1887 saw the final push by the Federal government to fully assimilate Native Americans into a common society. Two photographers from the Northwest presented differing perspectives of this trying time for regional tribes. Seattle’s famous son Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) had the support of the President of the United States in his stylized portrayal of a vanishing race, while Japanese immigrant Frank Matsura (1873–1913) documented a life shared amongst native peoples surviving in a period of transition.