Lee Marmon, Native American Artist
Visions of My People: A proud celebration of the Laguna People, and of American history, talent, culture, and diversity from America's best-loved Native American Photographer.
Lee Marmon is America's best known and most widely respected Native American photographer.
For the past fifty years, Lee Marmon has used the magic and power of his camera lens to immortalize the noble spirit and enduring legacy of his elder tribes people in his native Laguna, New Mexico. The passing of time has turned his prolific collection of rare and high quality photographs - both portraits and landscapes - into a breathtaking album of images that he proudly calls, "Visions of My People."
Lee Marmon was born into circumstances that made him uniquely positioned among beings to create this great historical tapestry. The accumulated volumes of his life's work - thousands of photographs from a bygone chapter in our nation's cultural history - comprise a priceless gift to America. They are the product of the rare confluence of Lee's ethnic identity, generational positioning, artistic talent, technological vision, and his own cultural awareness.
Today, at age 89, Lee Marmon is still driven by his love and passion for his craft. From his photography studios in Laguna, New Mexico, Lee personally produces and signs each high-quality print from its original negative, using time-tested, professional darkroom techniques.
Lee has teamed up with Image Management Associates, LLC to bring you a limited selection of his best known and most highly acclaimed images. All are available for immediate purchase, both framed and unframed, or in wall poster form, in the Gallery Showcase.
Lee's images are sure to delight and enchant the outdoor lover, the history buff, the art collector, the cultural sophisticate, and anyone who embraces a love of the earth and humanity in all of their splendid variations.
Lee Marmon: His Life and Career At A Glance
1912: New Mexico is admitted to the union as the 47th state.
1925: Lee Marmon is born on the evening on September 20th in Laguna, New Mexico. He is the middle of three sons born to Lily and Hank Marmon.
1936: Lee Marmon takes his first photograph, of a motor vehicle accident on the old U.S. Route 66 in Laguna.
1943-1946: Lee Marmon leaves New Mexico for Alaska for his wartime tour of duty in the U.S. Army. He serves as a Sergeant-Major on remote and blustery Shemya Island in the far-western Aleutians.
1947: Lee Marmon returns home to post-war civilian life in Laguna. He buys his first camera, a 4 x 5 Speed Graphic.
1949: Lee photographs "White Man’s Moccasins," "Eagle Dancers," and "Little Girls at Clothesline". They are instantly recognized as standout images.
1949-1966: Lee Marmon continues taking pictures. He runs the Laguna Trading Post with his father, Hank, who died in 1964.
1950-1956: Serves as postmaster of Laguna, New Mexico.
1966: Moves from Laguna to Palm Springs, California.
1967-1973: Serves as official photographer for the Bob Hope Desert Classic.
1972: Commissioned by President and Mrs. Richard M. Nixon for White House photo collection of tribal pottery from New Mexico.
1969-present: Lee’s photographs make various appearances in leading national media, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post.
1978: Commissioned as a still photographer for Columbia Pictures.
1982: Moves back to Laguna, New Mexico from California
1992: Contributes to the PBS Series, "Surviving Columbus". He later wins an ADDY Award from the American Advertising Federation. The series wins the prestigious Peabody Award the following year.
1996: Commissioned for permanent Ute photo display at Denver, Colorado International Airport
1997: Commissioned by American Indian College Fund for Native American Educational Photo Project.
1998:Exhibition: "Native Nations: Journeys in American Photography". The Barbican Art Gallery, London, England. Releases his first video, "The Lee Marmon Gallery," on VHS.
1999: Featured as cover story in the January issue of New Mexico Magazine.
1999: National Exhibit: "Pueblo Portraits: Fifty Years at Laguna Pueblo" at the Smithsonian’s newly established Museum of the American Indian.
2003: Publishes an eloquent and striking collection of his best-known images in his successful first book, "The Pueblo Imagination." The book is compiled in collaboration with his daughter, novelist Leslie Marmon Silko, and poets Joy Harjo and Simon Ortiz.*
2004: "The Pueblo Imagination" takes First Place awards from both The Mountains and Plain.
2015: Published book "Laguna Pueblo: A Photographic History."