Fred J. Maroon (1924 - 2001) was a photographer of international renown. His career spanned more than half a century and touched on topics ranging from fashion to architecture and politics. Maroon is best-known for his work in Washington, D.C., both documenting the Nixon campaign and the architectural landscapes of the city. After serving in WWII, Maroon moved to Washington, D.C., which became his home for the rest of his life.
Through the second half of the 20th century, Fred Maroon did a series of eight fashion editorials for LOOK Magazine. The photographs were taken between 1960 and 1970 in remote and challenging locations such as Mongolia, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Japan.
Behind the Lens: AFGHANISTAN
"The Bamiyan Valley was an important location; it was here that all the silk routes converged. So many languages were spoken; it became known as the 'Valley of Noise.' Fate dealt us a lucky card; the local prince took an extreme liking to our model which gave us excellent access to locations."
Behind the Lens: JAPAN
"Expo '70 was to take place in Osaka, Japan and the editors at LOOK Magazine decided it would be an ideal time to do another fusion of travel and fashion photography. I had never been to Japan before, but had a preconceived version of what I would find that was derived mainly from "Madame Butterfly." The reality I discovered was very different. Japan had modernized since Puccini last looked, and although the traditional was still there, it was more elusive than I had expected.
In addition to the numerous awards garnered during his career, Maroon's works are featured in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Center of Photographer, and the Library of Congress.