I'd never heard of the guy; found him via a simple series of links, from the Trotify to Eadweard Muybridge (of galloping-horse photographic study fame) to Thomas Eakins, who had the misfortune of being a photo-accurate painter in a romantic age; people wanted idealized images and he gave them...the world as it was. Unsurprisingly, he was an avid photographer and made much use of photographic studies in his work. Over a century later, he remains a bit controversial but there is no denying his skill.
One of his subjects was Frank Hamilton Cushing, a kind of real-life, anthropological Indiana Jones and one of the earliest, if not the first, anthropologists to jump in with both feet and try to understand a culture from the inside. How immersive? Try, "After some initial difficulties (the Zuni seriously considered killing him as he was obviously after their secrets...." Yikes!
T. R. MCELROY'S STREAMLINED TELEGRAPH KEYS
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