THE PHOTOGRAPH AND THE AMERICAN INDIAN by Alfred L. Bush and Lee Clark Mitchell. Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton, NJ 08540, (800) 777-4726, FAX: (609) 258-1335. Illustrated (more than 300 black-and-white and color photographs), bibliography, biographies of photographers. 360 pp., $79.50 cloth. 0-691-03489-3

By the mid-1800s, the had camera became another instrument for exploiting American Indians. In 1985, a conference and exhibition at Princeton looked back at the changing agendas of Indians, photographers, and Indian photographers, and this catalog documents the 150-year-history, with many famous stereotypes set alongside recent photomontages. The result is a visually rich, wide-ranging, and at times disturbing record, essential for photographers, scholars of American Indians, and fine arts libraries. Grade: A. Reviewed by Steve Brock

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