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Photojournalism: Fred J. Maroon

Fred J. Maroon photo by Carl Caruso
Photo by Carl Caruso

Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Fred Maroon served in the Navy during World War II and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Catholic University of America in 1950. After completing graduate work at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris), he worked for Life magazine in New York, and became a stringer in their Paris bureau. Following that he practiced architecture for two and a half years. In 1953 Edward Steichen selected a number of his photographs to include in the exhibition "Always the Young Strangers," at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Inspired by this, in 1954 Mr. Maroon became a freelance photographer. During his career Mr. Maroon had scores of photographic features in most major national and international magazines, including National Geographic, Smithsonian,Paris Match, Town and Country, Travel and Leisure, Esquire, Life, Look, and Holiday. He is renowned for his photographs of the Nixon Years, Washington D.C., Europe, 1950-1951, Mongolia, 1966, Leningrad, 1967, Afghanistan, 1968, the Colorado River, 1970, and Egypt.

Among his many honors were four First Prize awards in the annual White House News Photographers' Association competitions.

Mr. Maroon was the author of twelve books. His widow, Suzy Maroon donated his archive to the Briscoe Center in 2010.

View images from the Fred Maroon Photographic Archive.

Photojournalism (Collection Strength)
News Media History (Collection Strength)
Finding aid for the Fred Maroon Photographic Archive