The Amon Carter Museum of American Art: Photography and Native America


A grant of $70,000 starting in 2011 to support research on Photography and Native America for an exhibition and catalogue.

Photography and Native America considers the vexed historical relationship between Native Americans and the medium of photography. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has long thought of the history of Western photography in terms of landscape practices, but recent exhibitions and scholarship have resituated our understanding, presenting the West as decidedly peopled. This project asserts that photographs of and about Native America are not a sideline to a broader history of American photography, but instead constitute a core practice in shaping politics and attitudes about the West in its broadest cultural terms. The project will draw largely, but not exclusively, from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art holdings. Research support from the Texas Fund allowed the museum’s former Associate Curator, Jessica May, to build a bibliography surveying the literature of this broad subject and to take preliminary research trips to Los Angeles and San Francisco based on an initial four-section project outline.  Senior Curator of Photographs John Rohrbach leads the project.

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Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952)
Geronimo – Apache, 1907
Photogravure
15 1/2 x 10 9/16 inches
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas,
Purchase with the assistance of an anonymous donor



Antonio Zeno Shindler (1823–1899)
Moses Keokuk, Jr. and Charles Keokuk, 1868
Albumen silver print
7 1/2 x 5 inches
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas



Laura Gilpin (1891–1979)
Navaho Covered Wagon, 1934
Gelatin silver print
13 3/4 x 10 13/16 inches
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of the artist



David Octavius Hill (1802–1870)
Robert Adamson (1821–1848)
Rev. Peter Jones (Kahkewaquonaby), ca. 1845
Salted paper print from paper negative
8 x 5 7/8 inches
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas



John C. H. Grabill (dates unknown)
Shooting Steers at a Beef Issue at
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 1887
Albumen silver print
6 1/2 x 9 inches
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas



Victor Masayesva, Jr. (born 1951)
Tuwaponga (Earth Altar) II, 1993
Gelatin silver print with applied pigment
18 1/8 x 23 inches
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas