Photo ID: Portraits by Native Youth exhibition opens October 18, 2014, in Tucson
Photo ID: Portraits by Native Youth explores photographic portraits created by Native American high school students in response to the work of photographer Edward S. Curtis. Students from Ha:san Preparatory and Leadership School in Tucson studied the early 20th century photographs of American Indians made by Curtis, and investigated issues of identity and self-expression as found in photography.
The exhibition challenges visitors to think about how photography can mold perception. It examines how clothing, lighting, and setting can influence how the subject of a photograph is perceived and understood by the viewer.
The Arizona State Museum (ASM) in Tucson is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest, having been established in 1893 by the Arizona Territorial Legislature. The museum functions in several different capacities, from serving as The University of Arizona’s anthropology museum, to acting as the state’s official permitting agency for archaeological and paleontological projects taking place across the state, to playing host for researchers from around the world who use its collections to expand the frontiers of knowledge in archaeology, ethnology, and ethnohistory.