Two Native Americans Investigating Photographic Film In 1913 (Colorized)
A Look Into A Look Into The American West
Taken by Joseph Kossuth Dixon, this photo of two Native Americans checking out a roll of film in 1913 looks absolutely stunning now that it's been colorized. Of course, it looks amazing in black and white as it was originally intended, but seeing this photo in color provides an almost otherworldly quality, that makes it feel like you're really there.
Photography had existed as a medium for decades prior to this photo being snapped, but people of all backgrounds were still getting used to seeing images captured through a camera. People who lived in dense urban settings may have been more used to seeing photographs than other people, but they were still astounded at the possibilities of this technology.
Watching these two native men looking through photographs feels almost voyeuristic. It's as if we're trespassing on a private moment from more than a hundred years ago. It's a truly fascinating thing to behold.
Taken by Joseph Kossuth Dixon during his third expedition across the United States to visit the country's many Native American tribes, this photo shows just how normalized technology was by the early 20th century even in rural areas. We often think of the indigenous people of America as being out of the loop when it comes to technology, but just because they were living away from the cities and eschewing some of the trappings of modern culture doesn't mean they weren't interested in what was happening in the zeitgeist.
With this photograph, Dixon captured a curiosity in these two men that exists throughout humanity no matter where you call home or where you're from. It's unclear from what little is written about this photograph, but it looks as if the men had a chance to take some photos of their own. What do you think those photos looked like? Were they snapshots of every day life in the tribe? Or did the men capture the grandeur of the world around them?