Richard Erdoes – A Man and His Art
Posted by Kathleen on October 10, 2008
At our staff meeting a few weeks ago, it emerged that folks didn’t know much about Richard Erdoes, whose papers I’ve been processing. Before becoming known for his books — many of them as-told-to autobiographies with Lakota men and women (his most popular may have been Lakota Woman, which he co-authored with Mary Crow Dog)– Erdoes was a successful illustrator and freelance photographer during the fifties and sixties for magazines like Life and American Heritage, as well as a children’s book illustrator and author.
There’s been a recent surge of interest online in his illustrative work, and though it doesn’t relate to the collection at the Beinecke which is focused on his work with, for, and about American Indian peoples– this other facet of his creative life is fascinating. Here are some additional links that show his illustrative style and examples of his graphic work: Grain Edit // Visual Lingual // Learning to Share