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Pete Souza served as Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama’s full two terms. He was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else—and he photographed them all. Souza took nearly two million photographs of President Obama, capturing moments both highly classified and disarmingly candid.
Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than three hundred of Souza’s most iconic photographs in an oversize, 12″x10″ format, featuring a foreword from the President himself. These photographs, some being published for the first time, document the most consequential hours of the Presidency—including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission—alongside unguarded moments with the President’s family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more.
Souza’s photographs, accompanied by behind-the-scenes captions and stories, communicate the pace and power of our nation’s highest office and reveal the spirit of the man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to “be kind and be useful,” as he would instruct his daughters.
Souza began photographing President Obama on his first day as a U.S. senator, in January 2005. Previously, Souza was an assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, and chief official White House photographer for President Reagan. Book signing to follow.
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