Kow-Ear-Nuk (4076) [Platinum Print]. Frank Hamilton Nowell.
Kow-Ear-Nuk (4076) [Platinum Print]

Inuit Woman Drying Salmon

Kow-Ear-Nuk (4076) [Platinum Print]

Notes: Portrait of an Inuit woman, Kow-ear-nuk, standing at a slight angle to the camera, with a rack of split, drying salmon behind her. A similar image, captioned "Kow-ear-nuk and his (sic) drying salmon", appeared in many editions of Ella Higginson's Alaska: The Great Country, first published in 1908, and has been widely reproduced to document Inuit salmon-drying at the turn of the 20th century.

The present image or the one in Higginson's book was exhibited in Indian Images at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (1970) with the caption, "Kow-ear-nuk with tattooing on her chin. In the background fish have been split for drying."

Nowell (1864–1960) worked in Nome, Alaska, from 1901 to 1909. In 1909, he moved his studio to Seattle. This image is not included in the online catalog of Nowell's work at the University of Washington.

Image: 7-1/2 by 9 inches, printed with a narrow border. Captioned and numbered "Kow-Ear-Nuk" and "4076", with the photographer's mark reading "Copyright by F. H. Nowell 1905" in the negative. Unmounted but protected in an archival mat and held in place with clear photo corners. This is a platinum print on sepia paper.

Edition + Condition: The image is excellent, with strong contrast and great tonal range. A terrific image.

Publication: [Nome, Alaska]: F. H. Nowell, 1905.

Item No: #360841

Price: $1,500