Artist Uses Tintypes to Update Images of Klamath Falls Tribes

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"Yawnah" by Ed Drew is one of they tintypes featured in the "Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes" exhibit. (Courtesy Ed Drew and Robert Koch Gallery)

While Ed Drew was deployed in Afghanistan, he created tintype photographs of his comrades -- the first known use of the tintype process in a combat zone since the Civil War. Drew's recent series, "Native Portraits," depicts members of the Klamath, Modoc and Pit River Paiute tribes of Northern California and Southern Oregon. The series is currently on exhibit at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. We speak with Ed Drew and curator Erin Garcia about the exhibit and media representations of Native people.

Images from "Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes"

Ed Drew, "Monica," 2014-15. Tintype. Courtesy of the artist and Robert Koch Gallery
Ed Drew, "Monica," 2014-15. Tintype. Courtesy of the artist and Robert Koch Gallery
2 - Plummie
Ed Drew, "Plummie," 2014-15. Tintype. Courtesy of the artist and Robert Koch Gallery
3 - Spayne
Ed Drew, "Spayne," 2014-15. Tintype. Courtesy of the artist and Robert Koch Gallery
4 - Yawnah
Ed Drew, "Yawnah," 2014-15. Tintype. Courtesy of the artist and Robert Koch Gallery

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Guests:

Ed Drew, photographer

Erin Garcia, managing curator of exhibitions, California Historical Society

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