From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Smith, Morgan and Marvin

(born: 1910  -  died: Morgan (1993); Marvin (2003)) 

Born in Nicholasville, KY, the identical twins were the sons of sharecroppers Allena Hutchinson Smith and Charles Smith. The Smith twins were photographers who left Kentucky and settled in Harlem, NY. The memorable photo of Robert Day playing Hi-Li was taken by Morgan Smith. Marvin later took up abstract painting and Morgan became interested in film.

The resonant life in Harlem was captured on film and in photographs with events and images such as the first African American policeman. Morgan Smith died in 1993 and Marvin Smith died in 2003.

For more see The Photography Encyclopedia, by G. S. McDarrah, et al.; M & M Smith: for posterity's sake, by H. Lyons, et al; and Harlem: the vision of Morgan and Marvin Smith, by M. and M. Smith.

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