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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Richard Nixon’s Refusal

President-Elect Richard Nixon and Mrs. Nixon, January 1969

On this day, January 4, in 1974, President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee. Nixon would resign from office in disgrace eight months later.

Karsh photographed Nixon as Senator (1952), Vice President (1957), and President-Elect (1969). He photographed Pat Nixon alone in 1954, and with her husband in 1969.