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
Marmon’s photographs have been published and exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Smithsonian Institution’s
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
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