Curtis adopted nearly every type of technology available to him at the time that he was working, from the 1890s into the late 1920s. These technologies included not only a wide range of photographic processes, but newly available audio and visual recording media as well. Curtis worked a very unique moment in time. Had he taken up his work a few decades earlier, he would have been much more limited in the types of documentation he could undertake.
In the first section of this path, you can explore the different types of technology Curtis used while working on The North American Indian as well as some of his other projects. The second part of the path pauses to consider Curtis's portraiture as a style, both artistically and politically. As this book grows, other sections will be added here, placing additional aspects of Curtis's media and style into focus.