Mens Driving Moccasins
Lee Marmon's photography career began as a youthful, creative pursuit in 1947, shortly after he returned home to New Mexico from hisWorld War II tour of duty on remote Shemya Island in the far western Aleutians. His father, Henry Marmon, put a professional qualitySpeed Graphic camera in 22-year-old Lee's hands, and suggested that he take photographs of the tribal elders, "so we'll have something to remember them by." Photography lessons were scarce on the high desert in the 1940s but it was a practice that young Lee embraced with commitment and enthusiasm. While delivering groceries across the pueblo in his 1930 Model A, young Lee would come across the pueblo's elder members sunning themselves on the tribal plaza. Despite their lack of familiarity with a camera, most were happy to oblige Lee's requests for a pose.