The Curtis Gallery represents the world’s largest, most extensive collection of copper photogravure plates ever produced or assembled. These copper photogravure plates represent the life work of ethnologist and photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) and his massive photo project documenting the lives of Native Americans. The copper plates are both a historic documentation of Native Americans and priceless artifacts.
Curtis’s life work, a series of books called The North American Indian, is a vast lifelong project financed by JP Morgan and sponsored by President Theodore Roosevelt. Curtis spent many years trekking through the entire American West with wagons and cameras to document over 100 Native American tribes.
During his travels, Curtis lived among the Native Americans, studied their ways, and gained their friendship and trust. The Curtis Collection purchased the original copper photogravure plates collection in 1982, thirty years after Curtis’ death.
We are pleased to offer these unique pieces of history and a small selection of vintage prints to you at The Curtis Gallery in Downtown Old Monterey.