Christine Turnauer: I Saw More Than I Can Tell


Up from the archives, Christine Turnauer’s mid-’80s portraits of indigenous North American pow wows

In 1986, Austrian photographer Christine Turnauer (born 1946) traveled thousands of miles from Northern Alberta to Southern Montana, with a mobile studio tent in tow, to document the traditional dance contests of indigenous North Americans known as pow wows. A pow wow offers an occasion to meet and dance, sing, socialize and celebrate culture; pow wows may vary in length from a one-day event to major occasions lasting a week.

Turnauer portrayed the dance contests, their participants and related events in austere black and white, encouraging collaboration in the construction of her portraits and without staging the images herself.

Hardcover: 88 pages

Language: English

10.4 x 0.7 x 12.7 inches

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