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Attendees of the 1898 Indian Congress [Yellow Feather, Maricopa]

 

File name: 09_03_000046

 

Title: Attendees of the 1898 Indian Congress [Yellow Feather, Maricopa]

 

Creator/Contributor: Frank A. Rinehart (1861-1928), photographer

 

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Date created: 1898-1899

 

Physical description: platinum print photographs

 

Summary: Rinehart, a commercial photographer in Omaha, Nebraska, was commissioned to photograph the 1898 Indian Congress, part of the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition. More than five hundred Native Americans from thirty-five tribes attended the conference, providing the gifted photographer and artist an opportunity to create a stunning visual document of Native American life and culture at the dawn of the 20th century. Although the portraits are posed and artistically lighted in his studio, they have a candid intimacy that allows his subjects individuality and dignity, a quality not shared by most 19th-century ethnographic photography.

 

Rinehart printed the photographs as platinum prints, a photographic media known for its delicate tonal range and permanence.

 

Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department

 

Rights: No known restrictions.

 

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