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HOSHINO--Marvin. A polymath whose brilliance spanned graphic arts to engineering, photography to ballet, typography to food - and beyond - died unexpectedly on June 23 at age 73 of natural causes. Marvin was raised in the Bronx by parents who, as U.S. citizens, had been interned in a camp in Colorado during WWII. He attended NYC public schools and graduated from Cooper Union in 1967 with a degree in chemical engineering. But the arts beckoned: Marvin studied photography under Henry Holmes Smith at the University of Indiana, where he earned an MFA. He taught photography at Pratt Institute, design at Parsons, and then became a professor at Queens College where he launched the graphic arts program and was a chair of the Art Department. His background in photography and graphic arts is reflected in his work as the designer of numerous books, including those by his close friend, Helen Levitt, for whom he was curatorial assistant. Marvin was a lifelong devotee of dance, and his contributions to the dance world were immense, if largely unknown. He designed Ballet Review, a premier dance journal, for nearly four decades, becoming its editor in 2009. In 2013, he transformed the journal by introducing color photography. The result: issues filled with photos that popped off the page, a combination of his technical knowledge, astute eye, and masterful manipulation of color and tone. With keen intellect, Marvin delighted in expressing his informed views and unique perspectives on the arts and their institutions, always given in their proper context, both artistic and historical, enlightening all of us with deep insights. We will sorely miss our dear friend. Marvin is survived by his sister, Winnie (Joe), nephews David and Marc, and friends throughout the world whose lives are far richer for having been touched by his. The Board of Directors, The Dance Research Foundation

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Published in New York Times on Jul. 12, 2020.
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March 21, 2021
I was sorry to hear of Mr. Hoshino's passing. I am an officer of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association, and in the late 1970s he designed our magazine New China. These publications still look good!
Paul Morris
July 20, 2020
Incredible life's work, vastness, broad his interests and mastery. The loss of a Cooper always tremendous loss for many. RIP Marvin
Evelyn Ramos
July 19, 2020
I was just thinking of Marvin two days ago. I met Marvin when I was 16 through Ben Fernandez's photo film workshop where I was a student. I was struck by his wit and insight when describing photographs analytically. He always said I should look at Bill Brandt's pictures because my images had a similar quality. I have taken this observation as a gift from him over the past 50 years when I look at Bill Brandt's images. He was inspiring to me. I will continue to miss him.
Llewellyn Lennon
July 16, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences to Marvin's family.

In Marvin we lost a dear friend and trusted collaborator whose wit, warmth and profound knowledge will remain an inspiration to us. He was committed to keeping Helen Levitt's work and legacy alive, a commitment he shared with us and that we'll continue to share with the world.

We will miss the meetings over coffee in New York, the book sessions, the many memorable conversations. Marvin will be missed.

Galerie Thomas Zander
Thomas Zander
July 13, 2020
Marvin live on❤
Your History of Photography class was unreal !!! It was great how you would go through the slides at your pace and then again talking and enlighting me/us with information of time, place and stories about the Photographer.
Truly a great class that will live on with me till ...
I wish I could have met him at Mikes for coffee and sandwiche.
So Thank You Marvin Hoshino Live on
To his family and friends I am sorry for you ...
May your memories be of love and warmth ❤
Rick/Richard Rodamar
July 13, 2020
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Janet Riker
July 13, 2020
The loss of a truly one of a kind individual. He was one of my teachers at Pratt Institute in the early seventies. The Photography Department was a great place in those days largely due to his presence. A sad day.
Christopher Moore
July 13, 2020
Marvin Hoshino was an inspiring teacher. I studied with him at Pratt Institute. He had a great imagination and sense of humor. I always enjoyed seeing him when we might meet for a gathering or by happy accident on the street. My condolences to his family.
Lynn Saville
July 13, 2020
So sad, back in the Pratt days Marvin, Sandy, Janet and I would go out for sushi regularly. The only time I ever knew more about something than Marvin was after returning from California bearing news of the then new California roll. We were out at Hatsuhana and Marvin didnt believe me until the waiter took the order. We would visit Marvin and NYC a couple of times a year. We had planned to see the Dorothea Lange show but then COVID-19 arrived. So sad we couldnt make the trip.
Michael Marston
July 12, 2020
David Weiss
July 12, 2020
Marvin edited several contributions of mine to Ballet Review, one on American Ballet Caravan's 1941 tour to S. America, for which he selected some photographs that I didn't know existed, as well as pages from Todd Bolender's personal photo album. He improved the piece immensely with his editorial suggestions as well as the photos and I am ever grateful. And I'm equally grateful for an amusing afternoon we spent together, a number of years ago, first with lunch and then a rapid tour of a Matisse retrospective at MoMA, but then everything one did with Marvin was done at a New Yorker's high speed. I will miss him.
Martha Ullman West
July 12, 2020
Dear family of Marvin..My father Don Mayes was Marvin's father's Sunday school teacher, and i got to know Marvin when he was Chair at Pratt. We discovered that he and I were probably the only New Yorker who had ever heard of Winton, California. I always felt like Marvin and I were relatives. My uncle Lynn was Marvin's father's best friend. I am very sorry for your loss and for mine.
elaine mayes
July 12, 2020
Marvin was my brilliant teacher, mentor, and friend.
Will be missed immensely but will never be forgotten.
With endless gratitude for all that he instilled in me.
Evyenia Gennadiou
July 12, 2020
marvin was such an asset to Helen s work
Kathy. Levitt
July 12, 2020
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July 12, 2020
Inspiring and unforgettable.
david john basque
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