Yuma Indian Photo April 30th, 1882 Signed By Photographer - E.a. Bonine
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Yuma Indian Photo April 30th, 1882 Signed By Photographer - E.a. Bonine:
This is a photograph of two female Yuma Indians taken by photographer E.A. Bonine. This photo is mounted on orange card stock.On the front it says, "Yuma Indians, Arizona" & "E.A. Bonine, Photo, Yuma, Arizona"This photo does have some tears in the corners, thumbtack holes and stains mostly on the back.On the back is handwritten, "April 30th 1882 Yuma Arizona E.A. Bonine"This photo was found in an attic and it is unknown how long it had been there. Bonine photos are in demand and we have never seen one that is signed like this one is.Biography
Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Elias Bonine was one of three brothers, all of whom were photographers. Moving to California in 1876, he traveled throughout the state and photographed in remote areas, using his tent as both home and darkroom. He subsequently settled in Lamanda Park, near Pasadena.
Bonine was one of the most prolific photographers of Native American portraits in the carte-de-visite format. Unlike the earlier work of government survey photographers or of early anthropologists who used photography as field research, Bonine's images were made for public audience increasingly enthralled by native subjects. His several trips to Arizona in the 1870s and 1880s produced hundreds of portraits of members of the Yuman tribes, including Maricopas. Photographing his subjects in a temporary studio, Bonine attempted to add "natural" touches such as rocks or logs rather than the usual props of chair or curtain. Bonine's photographs were staged, calculated for a buying public who preferred the romance of the disappearing Indian to a more truthful and authentic presentation.