Friday, October 3, 2014

the unsuspected history of photography

I'd known for a while, of course, that Edward Curtis moved to Los Angeles in 1922, worked taking film stills for Cecil B. DeMille, and operated a studio here.  But it was only relatively recently that I realized that I pass the building where he had this studio, on S. Rampart Street, almost every day on my way back from work.  So this is in honor of teaching Curtis/Marianne Wiggins's The Shadow Catcher (a novel that never ceases to annoy me, but that I love to teach - not least because I can never decide whether or not the narrator sets out to be deliberately irritating, or not).

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