Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs

Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs

This is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's presidency, captured in intimate, unprecedented detail by his official White House photographer.

Pete Souza began photographing President Obama on his first day as a U.S. senator, in January 2005, and served as the chief official White House photographer for the President's full two terms. Souza was with President Obama more often, and at more crucial moments, than any friend or staff member, or even the First Lady--and he photographed it all. Souza captured nearly 2 million photographs of Obama, in moments ranging from classified to disarmingly candid.

This large-format (12"x10"), exquisitely produced book presents more than 300 of Souza's favorite and most iconic images from these historic years; many have never been seen before. This seminal work on the Obama presidency documents moments of national importance--including the historic image of the President and his advisors watching tensely in the Situation Room as the Bin Laden mission unfolded--alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his many encounters with children, and his time spent interacting with world leaders, members of Congress, White House staff, artists, musicians and more.

The photographs are paired with captions and stories providing behind-the-scenes context for each, and offer insight into the special relationship Souza and the President forged during their time together. The result is a stunning record of a landmark era in American history.

Souza's work enabled us to feel that we knew the President. This book puts us in the White House with him.

Title:Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316512589
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About Pete Souza

Pete Souza is a freelance photographer and assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication. 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.


    Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs Reviews

  • Angela M

    “I have had the extraordinary privilege of being the man in the room for eight years, visually documenting President Obama for history. This book is a result of that effort. I gave it my all. I hope...

  • Erin

    Follow Pete Souza on IG, you won't regret it.Obama: An Intimate Portrait made me smile. I had almost forgotten what it was like to have an intelligent, calm and mentally stable President. This book wi...

  • Malia

    I felt a gamut of emotions paging through this book, reading Souza's reflections and reminiscences, but mostly I felt proud. Obama was the first president I was old enough to vote for, and I did so tw...

  • LaDonna

    Let's begin at the end:"The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us".--President Theodore Roosevelt** Words cannot express the joy, pride and hope I felt going t...

  • Diane

    This photo collection of the Obama presidency is gorgeous, both in content and composition. Pete Souza was the official White House photographer for all eight years of the Obama administration. He was...

  • Jeanne

    I bought this beautiful book of photographs for my parents as a Christmas gift, and of course ordered myself a copy as well when I saw how wonderful it was. The picture on Amazon doesn't really do it ...

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously

    I checked this book out from the library and now I am dying to purchase the book to have a copy at home. I discovered this book when I saw the junior novelization of it and placed a hold on the origin...

  • Brenda

    With a foreword by Barack Obama, this beautiful book by Pete Souza, the White House's official photographer, captures the essence of the man who was President of the United States for 8 years. Almost ...

  • Kelli

    The combination of an extremely talented photographer with a terrific eye for the evocative and a stellar subject in President Obama is extraordinary. The captions add a sense of intimacy to this insi...

  • Joy

    This is a wonderful book by Pete Souza, President Obama's White House photographer. I'm proud to say I voted for President Obama twice and this book reminded me why. In addition to being an excellent ...