[Important group of 14 photographs on the Hopi reservation in Walpi, Arizona, mostly being images of the Snake Dance].

Walpi, AZ [printed Pasadena, CA]: [ca. 1898].

Price: $8,500.00

About the item

Silver prints. One on a card mount. Five with James's red inked stamp on verso. Approx. 3-5/8 x 4-3/4 inches, each. Larson, Roger Keith, Controversial James: An Essay on the Life and Work of George Wharton James (Book Club of California: 1991).

Item #365580

James (1858-1923), born in England, came to California in 1881. An editor of both the Craftsman and Out West, he lectured extensively and authored some twenty books and numerous articles on California and the southwest. He is perhaps best remembered, however, for his photography, especially his documentation of the Hopi and their ceremonies. "In writing about Adam CLar Vroman, a notable contemporary photographer of the Southwest, Beaumont Newhall made the following comparison: 'Many of [James] photographs, particularly of the Snake Dance of Oraibi, rival those of Vroman in both technical and documentary quality'" (quoted in Larson, p. 35).