by: Donovin Sprague
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher – The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
By Timothy Egan
This author brings the life of Edward Curtis to the spotlight vividly while creating a fascinating biography. Edward Curtis was a photographer who spent three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes. He amassed over 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings and is credited with making the first narrative documentary film.
This book captures the excitement, determination, and dedication of this man who had an idea and generously devoted his energy to making and recording the history of these people. Curtis also gained the trust of tribes and individuals. A quote from Crowfoot of the Blackfeet is “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.”