The Art of Life...

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Marvin Young isn't interested in taking pictures...

It's the art of capturing an image that presents a meaningful story without uttering a word he finds most compelling. 

"In an age when we are bombarded with information, it's more important than ever to understand how a provocative image can etch into the mind and never be forgotten," says Young.

The Covington, Kentucky native has parlayed a communication degree earned in 1989 at the University of Louisville into a career of more than 23 years of effective and purposeful image making.

Young has been a full-time photographer for the Kentucky Office of Creative Services since 2008 shortly after Gov. Steven L. Beshear began his first term. 

In the years prior, he held communications/public relations and photojournalism positions for the National Center for Family Literacy, U of L Office of Communications and Marketing, and The Louisville Defender Newspaper.

Along the way, Young consistently captured images that greatly impacted each organization's visual identity and mass appeal, receiving top awards in photography from the Kentucky Association of Government Communicators, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and PRSA-IABC.

Young has also been an official photographer for the Kentucky Derby Festival for more than 18 years, and in 2006 was honored as a poster artist. He works regularly as a freelance photographer for the Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Hilliard Lyons, and Doe Anderson.