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Theodor Koch-Grünberg (1872-1924) 
Frontal and side portraits of indigenous people of the Amazon region 
1903-1905 
  
Collodion paper print 
11 x 6 cm 
  
Bassenge Photography Auctions 
1 June 2016, Photographs, Lot 4147 
  
 
LL/67227 
  
Theodor Koch-Grünberg was a German ethnologist and explorer who made a valuable contribution to the study of the indigenous peoples in South America, in particular the Pemon Indians of Venezuela and the indigenous peoples of Brazil in the Amazon region. Koch was an enthusiastic photographer and used his hobby in documenting the people he was studying. In 1906, he published photogravures of people he encountered on the expedition in his monumental "Indianertypen aus dem Amazonasgebiet nach eigenen Aufnahmen während seiner Reise in Brasilien" (1906). A written account of his trip, including his study of the Baniwa, was published in two volumes in 1910-11 under the title: "Zwei Jahre Unter Den Indianern. Reisen in Nord West Brasilien, 1903-1905" ("Two Years Among the Indians. Travels in North-West Brazil"). His descriptions of Brazilian tribes, illustrated with photographs are still used by anthropologists and ethnologists today. 
 

 
  
 
  
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