Lee Marmon Gallery photographer of Indian Art


Lee Marmon's Contribution to American Culture

Marmon has given the Laguna culture of yesteryear something that their forebears did not have: A legacy of faces and names that are truly human. That human face is Lee Marmon's gift to his culture, and to us.

Here is 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 Online Store.

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.

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.

Juanita Quicero

Quiet dignity mingles with the scars of hardship in the honest wrinkles on the face of this elderly Laguna woman. Juanita was in her late eighties when she posed for Lee Marmon. She was known as one of Laguna's most skilled potters.

"Juanita came from one of the poorest families in the Laguna pueblo," Lee Marmon solemnly recalls. Even in her twilight years, Juanita made a regular practice of preparing bread and other supplies to take to her husband, who worked in the sheep camp, four miles away.

"I approached Juanita's daughters about taking their mother's picture, and she agreed," Marmon remembers. " She even put her best shawl and jewelry on for me." As with so many of his portraits, Marmon took Juanita's photo outdoors, with the late afternoon sunlight giving Juanita's wrinkled face a soft glow of dignity and grace."

(Laguna, 1961)