Biography: Edward Sheriff Curtis was born in 1868 in Whitewater, Wisconsin. He died in 1952 in Whittier, California.
The family moved to Minnesota in the 1870s. Curtis built his first camera at the age of 12, and became an apprentice photographer at age 16. In 1887 he moved with his family to Port Orchard, Washington, located on Puget Sound across from Seattle. With his father having died in 1888, Curtis mortgaged the family homestead in 1890 and moved to Seattle, where he bought a share in a photography studio.
In 1895 he photographed Princess Angeline, daughter of Chief Seattle (or Sealth), starting a long career photographing Native Americans, including the Nez Perce, Blackfeet, Navaho, Hopi, and other American Indian tribes. His brother, Asahel Curtis, also became a noted photographer.
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