Adolph Muhr & Frank A. Rinehart - Gov. Diego Narango-Santa Clara, 1898
Maker: Adolph Muhr & Frank A. Rinehart
Size: 9.25 in x 7.25 in
Object No. 2019.77
Publication: The Face of Courage: The Rinehart Collection of Indian Photographs, The Old Army Press, Fort Collins, CO, 1972
Other Collections: National Museum of the American Indian, Minnesota Historical Society, Boston Public Library
Notes: Studio portrait of Governor Diego Narango (or Naranjo, ca. 1850-ca. 1910) wearing fur-wrapped braids and a beaded hide shirt; these articles of clothing were probably props provided by the photographer. Delegate photographed at the U.S. Indian Congress of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha, 1898. Frank A. Rinehart (ca. 1862-1928) was the official photographer for the United States Indian Congress of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, held in Omaha, Nebraska, between June 1 and October 31, 1898. Though prints contain the credit "Copyright 1898 F.A. Rinehart. Omaha" it is generally accepted that Rinehart's assistant Adolph F. Muhr (ca. 1858-1913) made the portraits of the more than 500 individuals and groups representing the estimated thirty-six tribes represented at the Exposition, while Rinehart himself photographed the outdoor scenes of the Exposition.
Muhr went on to work with the famous photographer Edward S. Curtis. From 1904 until his death in 1913, Muhr operated Curtis’ studio in Seattle, and processed and printed most of the photographs that Curtis took in the field.
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