In Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, Timothy Egan charts the career of Curtis from as far back as his days in Seattle,
where Curtis built a respected studio trade before taking a picture of Princess Angeline, the “last” native resident of the city and the daughter of Chief Seattle.
That photo and one taken of the great Nez Perce Chief Joseph in 1903 launched Curtis toward a study of Indians that would push him to travel the American West, strain—eventually break—his marriage and
lead him to the point of personal financial ruin. But Curtis, in turn, gave the nation a phenomenal resource: the 20-volume collection The North American Indian.
—Candy Moulton, author of Chief Joseph: Guardian of the People