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Navajo riders in Canyon de Chelly by Edward S.  Curtis
Navajo riders in Canyon de Chelly by Edward S.  Curtis

Navajo riders in Canyon de Chelly, 1904

Edward S. Curtis

The artist's depiction of Navajos crossing the desert on horseback, their graceful silhouettes at the base of Arizona's Canyon de Chelly, betrays a romantic view of the past. As the western United States developed, Curtis endeavored to record the vanishing cultures of the land's original inhabitants. His work, which was sometimes choreographed and often printed in platinum—a luxurious medium associated with artistic movements of the day—combines documentary and aesthetic approaches.

Credit
The J. Paul Getty Museum
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