We are proud to offer Mountain Hawk’s exquisite collection of intaglio prints of iconic American Indian images by early twentieth century photographer Edward Curtis. All prints are available separately (scroll down to see the collection) or framed.
IN STOCK FRAMED PHOTOGRAVURES—
Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) is the most famous photographer of the American Indian. In 1906, J.P. Morgan contracted with Curtis to photograph and document Native American life throughout the west. The following year the artist began publishing his twenty volume The North American Indian. The project was driven by passion and urgency; in the introduction to the first volume, Curtis wrote, “The information that is to be gathered … respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost.” The work included folios of photogravures that have become highly treasured and sought after.
While in recent decades printers have produced re-strikes from the original plates, many of those plates have been lost, destroyed or damaged, and the ones that are intact are worn from repeated printing. Paul Unks of Mountain Hawk has gone a step further in craftsmanship and quality to produce his photogravures: working from an early set of images and using high-resolution photography he has created new copper plates; then, in collaboration with a master print maker, and refining his ink and sourcing a very fine paper—a tissue that is translucent, imparting a wonderful dimensionality to the print—he has produced new photogravures of incomparable quality. Many people have remarked that the sharpness and detail are every bit as good as the best originals. As Curtis himself was able to produce just half of his intended edition of 500, Paul’s great purpose is to complete the edition—and so in a real sense to fulfill Curtis’s mission.
A passionate historian and speaker on Curtis as well as craftsman, Paul is thoroughly devoted to honoring Curtis’s legacy with this truly extraordinary collection. For years now we’ve enjoyed great satisfaction in framing Mountain Hawk’s work, and are thrilled to offer the tremendous achievement—both Edward Curtis’s and Mountain Hawk’s—that this collection represents.Each print is editioned in pencil and is subtly but clearly marked with the Mountain Hawk name so as to avoid confusion with originals.
To learn more about Mountain Hawk and other print media available, including archival giclee’s on cotton paper and goldtones, visit Mountain Hawk’s website…
Nothing suits these wonderful sepia-tone prints better than stained quartersawn oak frames—our specialty! Explore ideas and options for framing your Curtis print…
Prints are grouped below by size: the larger “folio” size of roughly 12″ x 16″ (the approximate size of the original folio edition that accompanied the 20 volume The North American Indian), and a smaller “volume” size, roughly 6″ x 8″ (the approximate 6″ x 8″ size of the images printed in the volume itself). The most famous Curtis image, “Canon de Chelly,” is also available in a large print of 16″ x 20″. Prices are for prints only. Click any image for a larger view and to enter the carousel presentation of the prints.