About the Program
In this Encore Booknotes presentation from 1999, photographer Fred Maroon discussed his book "The Nixon Years, 1969-1974: White House to Watergate." Mr. Maroon ‘s book features 134 pictures that follow Richard Nixon and his staff from the president’s inauguration to his resignation in August 1974. "The Nixon Years, 1969-1974" was published on the 25th anniversary of Mr. Nixon's resignation. During the interview, Mr. Maroon discussed some of the people he photographed during his years of access to the Nixon White House. They included Golda Meir, Patrick Buchanan, Spiro Agnew, Gerald Ford and a youthful Diane Sawyer.
Fred Maroon was a prize-winning photographer who published twelve books. He bought his first camera and developing set when he was 12 years old. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he studied architecture at Catholic University in Washington, DC. He was editor of and photographer for the university yearbook. After working briefly as an architect in New York and Washington, Mr. Maroon decided to pursue photography full-time. His first major assignment was in 1961, when Look Magazine had him photograph first lady Jacqueline Kennedy at the newly refurbished White House. In 1969, Mr. Maroon was given permission to shoot photographs for a behind-the-scenes look at the Nixon White House. He published "Courage and Hesitation" two years later. Mr. Maroon also archived five hundred-seventy-six rolls of film, taken over the two-year period and during the Watergate investigations and the impeachment hearings, for nearly 25 years. The National Museum of American History exhibited 121 of the 1,000 prints chosen from the archived film to mark the 25th anniversary of Nixon's resignation. Mr. Maroon produced the accompanying book "The Nixon Years, 1969-1974: White House to Watergate." Mr. Maroon’s other books include "These United States," "The Egypt Story," "Keepers of the Sea" and "The Supreme Court of the United States." His photographs appeared in Life, Look, National Geographic and Holiday. Mr. Maroon’s work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art,and is in the permanent collection of the International Center of Photography in New York. His honors included awards from the White House News Photographers' Association and Syracuse University's Newhouse Citation. Fred Maroon died on November 5, 2001 at the age of 77.
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