They are the product of the rare confluence of Lee’s ethnic identity, generational positioning, artistic talent, technological vision, and his own cultural awareness.
Marmon took his first photograph in 1936 at age 11, of a motor vehicle accident on the old U.S. Route 66 in Laguna. However, it was 11 years later when Marmon began to embrace photography on a professional level.
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,