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.