Indian Portraits by Frank A. Rinehart

Indian Portraits by Frank A. Rinehart
June 30, 2012

Flickr page (Boston Public Library):
“Frank A. Rinehart, a commercial photographer in Omaha, Nebraska, was commissioned to photograph the 1898 Indian Congress, part of the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition. More than five hundred Native Americans from thirty-five tribes attended the conference, providing the gifted photographer and artist an opportunity to create a stunning visual document of Native American life and culture at the dawn of the 20th century. Although the portraits are posed and artistically lighted in his studio, they have a candid intimacy that allows his subjects individuality and dignity, a quality not shared by most 19th-century ethnographic photography.

Rinehart printed the photographs as platinum prints, a photographic medium known for its delicate tonal range and permanence.”

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