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Obama: An Intimate Portrait

by Pete Souza , Barack Obama (Foreword by)

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Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza

Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza's behind-the-scenes images and stories in this #1 New York Times bestseller—with a foreword from the President himself.

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.

Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format. Together they 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, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary 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.

This book puts you in the White House with President Obama, and will be a treasured record of a landmark era in American history.

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A deluxe limited slipcase edition is also available.

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ISBN-13:
9780316512589
9780316512589
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
11/07/2017
Pages:
352
352
Sales rank:
245
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.30(d)
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About the Author

About the Author

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an 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. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Rise of Barack Obama, which documents the president's meteoric ascent from his first day in the United States Senate through the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C. and is a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication.

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12/04/2017
Souza, who served as chief official White House photographer for President Obama’s two terms, captures the grace of his former boss and the highs and lows of the job of commander-in-chief in this frank and powerful collection of images. Beginning with the eve of Obama’s first inauguration and concluding with the inauguration of Donald Trump, Souza organizes the selections chronologically, noting significant events, such as Congress passing the Affordable Care Act, in chapter headings. Souza’s images show Obama in mid-speech, in meetings with foreign dignitaries, and strategizing with members of his inner circle. He captures Obama comforting a Sandy Hook victim’s family and, in a well-publicized image, bowing forward so an African-American boy can feel his hair. Photographs of Obama alone in moments of contemplation speak to the loneliness that can be an aspect of the presidency. Snapshots from the Obamas’ vacations or casual occasions at the White House are among the most charming. Obama writes affectionately about Souza in the introduction, saying, “Pete became more than my photographer—he became my friend, confidant, and brother.” In addition to being a collection of masterfully crafted images, the volume is a time capsule, capturing an era in pictures—one still fresh in collective memory. (Nov.)

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“Jerry’s Bookshelf – What I’m Reading Now” www.PraisePhilly.com 11 ...
“Jerry’s Bookshelf – What I’m Reading Now” www.PraisePhilly.com 11-13-17 First, "reading" may be a little misleading. "Obama, An Intimate Portrait" is mostly photographs; over 300 of them, some never before published, culled from the nearly 2 million taken by Pete Souza, who was President Barack Obama's Official White House Photographer for the entire 8 years that Obama was in office. There's a bit of reading; President Obama wrote the foreword, Souza the introduction and captions for each photograph. I feel that it's an awesome collection of photos; historic, of course, but also intimate, as the title says. In addition to the shots in the oval office, the meetings, the speeches and various encounters with American and foreign dignitaries, there are also moments with his family and friends, surprise encounters with ordinary citizens, pickup basketball games with his buddies and his famous interactions with children. Of course, since Barack Obama was America's first African American president, it's also an historic document, deserving of a place in the household of anyone wishing to visually preserve this history to which we all bear witness. It's also very personal, given Pete Souza's unique relationship with the Obama family. Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama, was also Director of the White House Photo Office and had previously been an assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University. He was also a freelance photographer for National Geographic and had served as Official White House Photographer for President Ronald Reagan. Pete was on assignment for the Chicago Tribune when he first met then freshman Senator Obama. He first photographed Barack on his very first day as a senator, on that assignment to document Barack's first experiences in that office. Starting then, the two men formed a relationship beyond photographer and subject; a real friendship and an understanding that informs every photograph. His previous book, The Rise of Barack Obama, was a New York Times bestseller, documenting the President's rise from junior senator through the historic 2008 Presidential primary elections. "Obama - An Intimate Portrait" published by Little, Brown and Company, continues the journey of a remarkable man, husband, father, President and an inspiring figure in US and world history. Good job, Pete! JerryWells19121
- Anonymous
November 13, 2017
An Outstanding Book!
Pete Souza, the chief White House photographer of our 44th president, beautifully captures President Barack Obama's 8 years in office. The photos (many iconic), the captions and explanations gives us an opportunity to see this transformative president at work at his job, as a husband and dad as well as the leader of our country and a world leader. He shows a president who was caring, intelligent, thoughtful, loving, and fun loving. It's a fantastic book. A wonderful edition to anyone's library.
- Anonymous
November 22, 2017
A great look back at President Obama's tenure in the White House. ...
A great look back at President Obama's tenure in the White House. Pete Souza does a remarkable job highlighting not only the historically important images but the more subtle, telling pictures from the President's life.
- Anonymous
November 16, 2017
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