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"The Wooing," also titled Love Maker, by Roland Reed was taken in 1908 at Red Lake. The young man is wearing a Challenge bonnet because his father was a highly regarded warrior who had given great service to his tribe as a warrior, hunter and counselor. The picture was taken in black and white and later "painted" by Reed. Submitted Photo

'Alone with the Past': Book shows life and photographic art of Roland W. Reed

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More than a century ago, the Bemidji Daily Pioneer reported the sale of R.W. Reed's Splendid Business to two other photographers in town. In 1907, it also was reported that although Reed "will continue to make his headquarters in Bemidji," he would fulfill his dream of living among the people of the lands to capture an era before it disappeared.


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