Wednesday, September 7, 2005


The Smith Brothers

`And, as the New York Times noted in Marvin’s obituary, Marvin chose a rather unusual way of expressing a Garp-like solidarity with his brother after the latter’s death in 1993:

“The brothers were so close that Marvin never used the pronoun “I,” much less claimed credit for a particular photo. After Morgan died of testicular cancer, Marvin had his own testicles removed.” [..]

A week later, the Times ran a correction:

“An obituary last Wednesday about Marvin Smith, a leading photographer of Harlem who worked with his identical twin, Morgan, described the closeness of the two men — it was said that they never used the pronoun “I” — and recounted an anecdote about Marvin Smith’s response to the illness that caused his brother’s death, in 1993. [..]

After the obituary appeared, Monica Smith, the daughter of Morgan Smith, told The Times that her father had had prostate cancer and that her uncle did not have his testicles removed.”‘

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