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Roland Reed (1864 - 1934) Reed was born in Omro, Wisconsin, ten miles from the birthplace of Edward Curtis.  In 1893 Reed met Daniel Dutro, a professional photographer in Havre, Montana. Roland Reed was soon furnishing the news department of the Great Northern Railway with publicity photos of Indians. He photographed the Alaskan gold rush for the Associated Press. Starting in 1910, Reed kept a studio in Kalispell, Montana. Reed's photos adorned the pages of Enchanted Tales of Glacier by Agnes Laut. The book was quite popular, and provided Reed with more national exposure. He made a comfortable living from studio sales and publishers' royalties. Shortly before he died in 1934, Reed lamented "it was no longer possible to obtain authentic Indian pictures because their historic costumes and accouterments had been sold to the tourists."  During Reed's lifetime no comprehensive volume of his photographs was ever published. Only 180 glass negatives were passed on to his heirs -- his diaries, journals, and notes did not survive.