For the first time, 185 of the 1,893 Original Copper Photogravure Plates from Edward S. Curtis’ The North American Indian are being released and offered for individual sale through the Bruce Kapson Gallery.
The Original Copper Photogravure Plates are the rarest form of any vintage photographic work ever produced by Curtis. They are unique.
Edward S. Curtis spent more time painstakingly perfecting the imagery of each Copper Plate than on anything he ever printed or any of his other photographic processes, working the Plate to get a print that would equal or better the original negative. The finished Copper Plate represents Curtis' most evolved vision for The North American Indian.
Purchasing an Original Curtis Copper Plate represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a significant piece of American history, the history of photography and a breathtaking work of art.
Please click on the Search Plate Inventory to view the Volume and Portfolio copper photogravure plates available for purchase. Feel free to inquire about any Copper Plate not listed. A written offer and deposit are required for Plates not appearing on the initial Copper Plate release inventory.