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Published: 08/14/2007
Phil Robertson, PR Manager - 505-552-1065, Damian Garcia, Curator - 505- 552-7862,

Lee Marmon’s Final Exhibit featured at Sky City Cultural Center

Acoma Pueblo, NM – Lee Marmon’s exhibit titled Pueblo Places and Faces” will be on exhibit at Sky City Cultural Center beginning September 22, 2007. It will explore Mr. Marmon’s photograph career in capturing native images among the Pueblo’s. Never before seen images of Acoma Pueblo will be the highlight of the exhibit.

Lee Marmon is an elder member of the Luguna Pueblo and during the decades spanning his life he has witnessed many changes in his community.

Marmon began his professional career as a child, when he was 10 or 11 years old. A semi truck had rolled over on U.S. 66 near the family’s trading post at Laguna Pueblo; his father handed him his Kodak Postcard camera and told him to “Go over there and take some pictures.” A few weeks later, an insurance company bought the photos.

After a stint in the army during World War II, he bought his first camera, a 2.5 x 3.25 speed Graphic, which he learned to use by trial and error, books and endless hours in the darkroom. Marmon recalls, “One day, when I was hanging around the stove at the trading post, my dad said I should take some pictures of the old-timers before they were gone, then we’d have something to remember them by.” That was 1947. From then on he was rarely seen without his camera.

A 16-year interlude in California, marks the beginning of Lee Marmon’s professional career as a photographer for the Bob Hope Classic Golf Tournament, it allowed him the opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrities and politicians. During his time in California he returned to Laguna every summer, until he came home for good in 1982.

Marmon’s photographs have been published and exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. His still photography in the PBS video, “Surviving Columbus won an ADDY award in 1993.

Mr. Marmon will have other photos featured in the exhibit as part of his illustrious career, among the most popular of his photographs, “White Man’s Moccasins.” Now that Mr. Marmon will be turning 82 this year he has chosen the Sky City Cultural Center to have his very last exhibit before he retires. Damian Garcia, Sky City Cultural Center Curator says,”The Haaku Museum is proud to have Mr. Marmon’s exhibit, which will be his final work before ending this man’s popular career as a photographer.”

For location and directions getting to the Sky City Cultural Center and Haak´u Museum, please visit for a map and driving directions to the Cultural Center. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Admission into the Haak´u Museum is $4, and free to all members of the Museum along with exclusive programming. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-747-0181.

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