Images from The Presidential Years

Photographing History

Fred J. Marroon, a Washington free-lance photographer, took these pictures of President Nixon, his family, and staff from 1970 to 1974.  The images are located at the National Museum of American History and are part of the organization's mission in exploring the role of photo-journalism in shaping our historical memory.  This site will not only be of interest to those studying Nixon but also those studying photojounralism, because Marroon spends time discussing the process and art of creating some of the most memorable images of Nixon in and out of the White House.  These are not photographs of "great political moments" (there is, however, a significant section on Watergate); instead, the photographs show Nixon and his staff at quieter moments, capturing a facial expression or action that speaks volumes about that turbulent time.  The image at the left shows President Nixon walking in between the columns of the White House on the way to his office in the West Wing, December 14, 1970.  Not surprisingly, Marroon took home a first-place prize  in the 1971 White House Press Photographers Awards for this emotive and moving picture.


The Ollie Atkins Photograph Collection

A beautiful collection that shows several aspects of President Nixon's career, including several family photos and other personal moments, which humanize a man who often seemed so distant.   The pictures are by Ollie Atkins, official White House photographer for Nixon from his first election in 1968 until his resignation in 1974.  Prior to the presidency, Atkins also had the chance to photograph Nixon several times as Vice-President to Dwight Eisenhower.  I have included this citation in multiple sections of the image gallery because Atkins photographed much of Nixon's career with beautiful photographs.

Photojournalism and the American Presidency

A collection that explores the relationship between photo-journalists and the office of the Presidency featuring the work of
photographers Dirck Halstead, David Hume Kennerly, Wally McNamee, and Diana Walker.