Smithsonian: “Indelible: The Platinum Photographs of Larry McNeil and Will Wilson”


  • National Museum of the American Indian 4th St & Independence Ave SW Washington, DC

“Indelible: The Platinum Photographs of Larry McNeil and Will Wilson”

By the end of the 19th century, the platinum print process was of primary importance to art photographers. At the same time platinum print photographs of American Indians transformed the grim notion of a “vanishing race” into a thing of beauty. The platinum printing process was invented in the early 1870s as an alternative to the silver printing processes, which dominated early photography. Today, art photographers Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisga’a) and Will Wilson (Diné/Bilagáana) challenge this legacy by integrating the historic platinum process into their contemporary work.  These artists’ works emphasize that American Indians, like the platinum print itself, have not vanished but instead remain indelible.

Visitors can see the exhibition from now through January 5, 2015 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol Building. 

More information about the exhibit can be found at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian website.