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Smith, Marvin

Born: 1910 AD
Died: 2003 AD, at 93 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Photographers


1910 - Marvin and Morgan (his twin brother) Smith were born on February 16th, to a sharecropper family in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

         - Marvin Smith was a famed Harlem photographer with his identical twin brother Morgan Smith, who strove to bring light to the positive happenings in Harlem (portrayed by the general media as a community of hustlers and other low-life types).

1937 - The talents of Morgan and Marvin Smith were first noticed by the public when Morgan won an award for his photograph of a young boy playing hi-li. Robert Day, the young boy in the photograph, soon became the subject of other works produced by the Smith brothers.

1950 - Marvin Smith left Harlem so that he could study under Romare Bearden in Paris.

1952 - When Marvin returned from France, Morgan taught him about the film industry and Marvin became a sound technician for NBC.

1968 - Morgan and Marvin Smith closed their Harlem photography studio at 141 West 125th Street.

1998 - His retrospective was published in the book "Harlem: The Vision of Morgan and Marvin Smith".

2003 - He died on November 9th in New York City at age 93.


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