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A Sioux Chief

Artist:
Joseph T. Keiley (American, 1869–1914)
Date:
ca. 1898
Medium:
Platinum print
Dimensions:
19.3 x 14.1 cm. (7 5/8 x 5 9/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933
Accession Number:
33.43.174
Not on view
Keiley’s association with Stieglitz began about 1898, the year he and Gertrude Käsebier photographed a group of Lakota Sioux—including this man, Has-No-Horses—who were in New York as part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. Keiley, a dedicated amateur, collaborated with Stieglitz to improve upon a glycerine-developed platinum printing process that proved to be among the most painterly photographic methods ever devised. This sort of manipulation made each print unique and emphasized the handmade, artistic nature of such photographs in contrast to the work of both commercial studios and Kodak snapshooters.
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