Lee Marmon Gallery photographer of Indian Art

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RENOWNED NATIVE AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER LEE MARMON TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

JOINS R.C. GORMAN, ALLAN HOUSER AMONG NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS WITH REMARKABLE AND INSPIRING LEGACIES

(Laguna, New Mexico – June 9, 2006) – It will be a proud moment of high honor and recognition for renowned Native American photographer Lee H. Marmon of Laguna Pueblo, when he receives the prestigious 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from one of the nation’s leading authorities and proponents of Native American art and culture.

Mr. Marmon will accept his award in person from the Santa Fe-based Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) at a special ceremony and reception in the Zuni Ballroom at the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The festivities will take place on Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 6:00 pm.

“I am both humbled and greatly honored to receive this tremendous and inspiring recognition,” said Marmon, 80, from his home in Laguna Pueblo. “SWAIA has always stood for excellence and achievement in the Native American art world. To be so recognized by this outstanding organization is a memorable and remarkable milestone in my fifty-plus years of taking photographs.”

Initiated in 1995, SWAIA’s annual Lifetime Achievement Awards honor select practitioners in the Indian arts and culture for a lifetime of outstanding work. The award celebrates and pays homage to those unique individuals who, through their singular passion, creativity, and commitment to excellence in their crafts, have created a legacy of exceptional integrity that will inspire future generations of native artists.

Mr. Marmon’s award places him in distinguished company. SWAIA’s 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award also goes to three other highly accomplished native art practitioners. They include the late R.C. Gorman (Navajo), potter Grace Medicine Flower (Santa Clara Pueblo), and bead and quill worker Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty (Assiniboine Sioux). Past recipients of the award include famed bronze sculptor Allan Houser (1995).

This marks the second high profile moment of recognition in as many months for Lee Marmon. In May, Mr. Marmon appeared as a guest lecturer at Phillips Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts. He also attended a special reception and showing of more than a dozen of his most well known prints at the school’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Library. His visit was arranged after a private collector donated a number of Mr. Marmon’s prints to the Academy’s Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology.

Lee Marmon was born on the Laguna reservation in New Mexico in 1925, and has lived there for most of his life. He bought his first camera at the age of 25, and made an early practice of shooting portrait images of the aging senior members of his Laguna tribe, and neighboring tribes, including the Acoma tribe in New Mexico. His distinguished collection of thousands of black and white images have since become a national historical and cultural treasure, as they comprise a rare visual chronicle of the last generation of Native Americans to live by their traditional ways and values. His best-known photograph, "White Man's Moccasins," (1954) has been reproduced and published worldwide.

From the late 1960's to the early 1980's, Mr. Marmon lived and worked in California, where he served as official photographer for the Bob Hope Desert Classic. His images have appeared in various national publications, including The New York Times and Time Magazine. In 1992, he won an ADDY Award for contributing to the Peabody Award-Winning PBS-TV documentary, "Surviving Columbus".

Marmon's acclaimed 2003 book, "The Pueblo Imagination" was voted best Art book of the year in the Mountains and Plains Booksellers’ Association’s 2005 Regional Book Awards Contest. It also took a First Place Award from Independent Publisher Online in 2004. Marmon's 159-page book is a groundbreaking, multi-dimensional showcase of Native American culture, talent, and history. It features a collection of Marmon's best-known tribal photographs and landscape images, dating back to 1949. Collectively, they chronicle the last generation of the Laguna and Acoma tribes to live by their traditional ways and values. The images are lovingly interwoven with native poetry and prose by Leslie Marmon Silko, poet Joy Harjo, and poet Simon Ortiz, all of whom co-authored the book with Mr. Marmon.

A gallery of Mr. Marmon's best-known images and full bio can be found at his publicist-sponsored website: www.leemarmongallery.com

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