Ben Wittick Photographs of Hopi Villages
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Ben Wittick (1845-1903) was an American photographer known for his photographs of landscapes, railroads, and Native American peoples in the American Southwest. Born in Pennsylvania, Wittick traveled westward in 1878 and initially worked for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, later establishing a studio in Gallup, New Mexico, and then Fort Wingate. Among his subjects were Apache, Navajo, and Zuni people; and landscapes of Canyon de Chelly and other scenes on the traditional lands of the Navajo and Pueblo peoples. He died from a rattlesnake bite in 1903.
The collection consists of a large bound volume of nine black-and-white photographs by Wittick, probably taken between 1880 and 1903. The photographs are of different views of various Hopi Indian villages in northern Arizona with some of their inhabitants.
Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.
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