c. 1905 "The Sentinel," unidentified Indian man, by Carpenter, c. 1905. Title appears in the negative, at lower left. Photographer's signature at bottom right. Silver-gelatin print in original, pressed-wood frame.
This image is typical of the promotional photography produced for the Fred Harvey hotel company and the Santa Fe Railway. Posed against a dramatic backdrop of canyon and mesa, the model wears an eagle-feather headdress and is wrapped in a Navajo, third-phase Chief's blanket. While both trite and demeaning by current standards, the photo nonetheless defines the American Romantic ethos of a century ago. In this way, ironically, it gains in significance as a social document. In that context, this image is mentioned specifically by Christopher W. York, "Anthropology of Nostalgia: Primitivism and the Antimodern Vision in the American Southwest" (Master's Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sept. 2001).
Dimensions: image 9 ½ x 7 ½ inches*
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