Eyewitness to History
As the Chief Official White House Photographer for both Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, Pete was in a unique position to spend rare and intimate moments in the Oval Office observing two transformative Presidents of the United States. He shares some of his iconic behind-the-scenes photographs, along with his poignant detailed stories, all leading to a bold and dynamic depiction of true leadership.
Two Presidents, One Photographer
Two Presidents, One Photographer showcases fifty-six of Souza’s photographs of two presidents. It includes Souza’s favorite images of Reagan and Obama, providing us with candid moments that are windows into their humanity. What we see in Souza’s photographs are two presidents who clearly respected both the office they held and the people with whom they interacted, no matter the circumstance.
Obama: An Intimate Portrait
During Barack Obama’s two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else–and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid.
Based on the New York Times #1 bestsellers, An Intimate Portrait and Shade, comes a documentary, The Way I See It, an unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of the most iconic Presidents in American History, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, as seen through the eyes of renowned photographer Pete Souza, from the White House and beyond. Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan from 1983-1989. The Way I See It, won the Critics' Choice Documentary Award for Best Score and the organization's non-competitive Most Compelling Living Subjects of a Documentary award.
Pete’s bestselling book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, was published in 2017 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and is one of the best-selling photography books of all time. Pete’s Instagram account, with more than two million followers, often draws attention by juxtaposing photographs of President Obama with comments about the current president’s actions. His 2018 book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, is based on these postings; it also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The softcover edition adds 60 new pages where the hardcover ended, adding photos and commentary on hot button issues.
Prior to his time in the Obama White House, Pete has worked as Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan.
Pete has lectured many times on his photography including at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Harvard University, Boston University, and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio news shows.
He has exhibited his photographs at many venues around the world and currently has two exhibits that are traveling around the country: “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” and “Two Presidents, One Photographer: Obama and Reagan.”
Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.