Photography exhibit at LCCC’S Ludden Library showcases Edward S. Curtis

CHEYENNE, WYO. — Laramie County Community College's Ludden Library is hosting a traveling photography exhibit featuring the extensive work of Edward S. Curtis.

On view through the end of October, the exhibit features pieces from Edward S. Curtis' The North American Indian, a grand work that provides a permanent record of 80 North American tribes through ethnographic notes and more than 1500 photographs included in 20 volumes. A selection of these images in digital format will be on display.

Curtis produced this unique American record at great personal sacrifice. Beginning in 1898, he travelled the American West from the Rio Grande to the Arctic Circle. Working with written accounts, photographic images and sound recordings, Curtis gathered and arranged the ethnographic data and took more than 40,000 photographs using only natural light.

The massive work was published between 1907 and 1930.

"The great goal of his monumental photographic achievement was to make the First Americans 'live forever,'" Timothy Egan, author and journalist, says of the work. "His pictures are timeless, showing the humanity of a people who were too often stereotyped or forgotten."

This exhibit is funded by a grant from Wyoming Community Foundation's Carol McMurry Donor Advised Fund in partnership with the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, which holds a rare complete set of The North American Indian. It will travel to Wyoming libraries in 2017 and 2018 to celebrate the Center's 100th anniversary.

For more information about the exhibit or the library, call 307-778-1205 or visit lccc.wy.edu/library.