I started a Photos thread on another forum a while ago. I learnt a lot about many photographers from the past, especially about him :Edward Sheriff Curtis
Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) was an American photographer from Winsconsin who moved in Seattle. He decided in the early days of the 20th century to work on a dying civilization : The North American Indian.
He spent many years travelling around the United States, from a reserve to another, from Alaska to Nevada, from Northern Mexico to Colorado, taking thousands of picture of the native Americans. He sensed that an important civilization was steadily fading away. Thousands-year-old customs and traditions were being lost forever.
He spent a long time with the Indians people (Navajos, Apaches...), trying to understand their culture, before going into his photographer job.
What a like about Curtis' work is that his pictures are not only beautiful, they also teaches History. His work is regarded as a precious and a priceless database by the Historians.
Each Curtis' picture tells you a story about a wonderful civilization that has now disappeared.
My favorite :
You can learn more about Edward S. Curtis' work here