Pete Souza: Obama’s Photographer

Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia, tour the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. March 19, 2011. Photo by Pete Souza.Look at this picture. This has been clicked by the same man who just recently produced some of the most viewed striking images from the White House Situation Room during the raid on Osama bin Laden.

This photographer Pete Souza is the Chief Official White House Photographer. He is also the Director of the White House Photography Office.

About this picture, he says this is “one of my favourite pictures from our visit one night to Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. That’s the President in the middle, with the First Lady at right, senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, at left, and the Obama daughters in the background.”

Pete Souza. Webphoto by Neeraj Bhushan.
Pete Souza

Well, he is always into his elements, which keeps him ready to shoot 24×7 and helps him give a successful photograph each demanding occasion.

I have been seeing his work for past few weeks in particular and I am reproducing below some of his most valued acquisitions.

And I believe many of you would agree that these are certainly the images that say 1000 words!

President Barack Obama walks to the motorcade from Marine One after arriving at the Barrington Recreation Center landing zone in Los Angeles, Calif., April 21, 2011. Photo by Pete Souza.Take for example this image taken in April 2011 in which US President Barack Obama is seen walking to his motorcade. “This photograph is unusual in that I framed the composition ahead of time and waited for the President to walk into the frame.”

In fact, after the President’s helicopter had landed in Los Angeles, Pete Souza anticipated the direction he would walk to his car in the motorcade. “Lighting sometimes is the key element in a successful photograph,” he says.

Souza is on an extended leave of absence from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication where he is an assistant professor of photojournalism. He has worked as an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan, a freelancer for National Geographic, and as the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune based in their Washington bureau.

In addition to the national political scene, Souza has covered stories around the world. After 9/11, he was among the first journalists to cover the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan after crossing the Hindu Kush mountains by horseback in three feet of snow.

“Creating a good photographic archive for history is the most important part of my job, creating this archive that will live on,” says Souza whose photo department today produces up to 20,000 pictures a week. Jealous of him… na, if you are a photographer!


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