Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisga’a), b. 1955, 1492, from the Feather series (2 of 5), 1992. Platinum print. (26/9281)

In 1492, a skull represents the death of indigenous peoples after European contact; the deep, penetrating black—intensified by the platinum process—acts as death itself. Although the feather has taken on a gray tone, its shaft remains a radiant white, suggesting that life endures.