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Geronimo, Apache Chief and Medicine Man

Date 1903
Location Lawton United States
Dimensions Image: 5 1/2 x 3 7/8 in. (14 x 9.8 cm)
Paper: 5 1/2 x 3 7/8 in. (14 x 9.8 cm)
Mount: 7 1/8 x 5 in. (18.1 x 12.7 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection
Section: Celebrities
February 8 - June 16, 2019
International Center of Photography
250 Bowery
An Apache leader, Geronimo (1829–1909) was legendary for his courage and determination in resisting white colonization of the American West. He was born in the
Southwestern Apache Territories, now roughly Arizona and New Mexico. After years of battle, Geronimo eventually surrendered in 1886. In the 1890s he made a conscious decision to adopt some customs of the “white man,” and this move most likely explains his Western clothing in the photograph. Geronimo lived his last decades as a prisoner
of war and died in exile in 1909. He was granted special permission from the US War Department to sell photographs of himself at expositions, which highlights the ambiguous nature of his celebrity around the turn of the twentieth century.

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Purchase, with funds provided by the ICP Acquisitions Committee, 2003

Feedback Accession No. 181.2003