Photographer Arthur E. “Scotty” Scott captured Kentucky senator Thruston B. Morton and Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson in the Senate Reception Room, just off the Senate Chamber, in 1959. Scott snapped the first image in an unrehearsed moment, prompting Johnson to request a retake. LBJ liked to be photographed from his left side and insisted that Scotty take the second, posed photo showing Johnson’s preferred profile, with his glasses removed, and his briefcase turned to display his monogram.
Arthur Scott was a professional photographer in Washington, D.C., from 1934 to 1976. In 1955 Arizona senator Barry Goldwater hired Scotty to work for the Republican Senatorial Committee. When the Senate created its Historical Office in 1975, it instructed the office to collect, maintain, and make available items relating to the Senate’s history, including photographs. In August of 1975, Scotty became the first Senate photo historian. Prior to his death in 1976, the photographer arranged for his personal collection—some 30,000 negatives and prints—to be archived with the Historical Office. Today, the office maintains that collection along with thousands of other prints, slides, and negatives.