Shadow Catcher


Shadow Catcher

The Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis

Laurie Lawlor

132 pages
Illus., map


November 2005


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About the Book

Many Native Americans photographed by Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952) called him Shadow Catcher. But the images he captured were far more powerful than mere shadows. When the twentieth century was just getting underway, Curtis began documenting North American Indian culture in words and photographs. Today, almost one hundred years later, his work still stands as the most extensive and informative collection of its kind. His photographs are more than mere documents; they are works of art revealing subtleties of human expression missing from other historical and anthropological records. Filled with Curtis’s breathtaking photographs and available for the first time in a paperback edition, Shadow Catcher traces Curtis’s life and work from his boyhood in Wisconsin, through his first photo expedition to Alaska in 1897 and the completion of The North American Indian collection in 1930, to his death in 1952.

Author Bio

Laurie Lawlor has published more than thirty-four books for children, young adults, and adults, including Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, and a memoir based on natural history, This Tender Place: Story of a Wetland Year.


"More than a reference and more than a biography of Curtis, this carefully researched, highly readable book emphasizes the photographer's perseverance and quest for quality and can serve as a model for young people."—School Library Journal (starred review)


American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults Award Winner
Society of Children’s Book Writers Golden Kite Honor Book Award Winner
Carl Sandburg Award for Children’s Literature

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