Karl Moon (1879-1948) was one of the early 20th century photographers who eagerly attempted to provide a record of Native American traditions before they disappeared. He is known for close-up, romantically lit photos of Native Americans in their natural state before colonization took hold. Born in Ohio, Moon studied landscape painting and photography and made his first collection of images of the Pueblo Indians. He had a photography studio in Albuquerque, moved for a time to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and settled in Pasadena, California with his wife Grace. Later in life, Moon often signed his first name with a C."