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.

Old Man Platero

"It was a sunny Sunday morning when I drove with my then school-age daughter, Leslie, to the town of Canoncito. I hadn't taken any pictures of the senior members of the Navaho community until this time, so I felt driven to take this opportunity to do so. I didn't have the close, personal ties to the Navaho community that I had with the Laguna tribe, so I asked a colleague I knew there to set me up with one of the old-timers.

"The man who agreed to the photograph was known only as Old Man Platero. He was asleep when we arrived, so he got up and brushed his hair back. His teeth were gone. He told us in Navaho that it's a simply a fact of life: When you grow old, you're just like a baby again. No hair, no teeth, and somebody has to take care of you. No vanity or pretension, simply honesty."

(Canoncito, New Mexico, 1958)
Camera: Hassleblad 2.25 x 2.25