From eyewitness to history maker, Pete Souza provides behind-the-scenes photographs from the White House and beyond. Pete was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and Director of the White House Photography Office for all eight years of the Obama administration.
His 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.
Presidential Leadership & Legacy
Pete Souza is now delivering a rare and unique virtual program, “Presidential Leadership & Legacy.” He shares some of his favorite images of Reagan and Obama, providing 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.
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.
“Pete is humble, humorous, and is a great storyteller. He is a true national treasure.”
—ELIZABETH PAHL, Ohio University
“Pete was incredible. He held the room in the palm of his hand, making them laugh and cry with his powerful presentation. We have already received wonderful feedback from our guests — many of whom want to know when he is coming back.”
—MARY MCMURRAY, Truman Library Institute
A Tale of Two Presidents
**updated with 60 new pages and including the release of the Mueller report.
A Tale of Two Presidents
Obama – An Intimate Portrait
The Historic Presidency in Photographs
Behind-The-Scenes Photographs of President Ronald Reagan
Images of Greatness
An Intimate Look at the Presidency of Ronald Reagan
The Rise of Barack Obama