Edward Curtis (1868 –1952) was an American photographer and ethnologist whose work focused on the American West and on Native American peoples. In 1885, at the age of 17, Curtis became an apprentice photographer in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1887 the family moved to Seattle, Washington, where he became a partner with Rasmus Rothi in an existing photographic studio.
In 1895, Curtis met and photographed Princess Angeline (c. 1820–1896), also known as Kickisomlo, the daughter of Chief Sealth of Seattle. This was his first portrait of a Native American. Ever since, Curtis devoted his life and careers to the American West and the Native American people.