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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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ISBN-13:
9780316512589
9780316512589
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
11/07/2017
Pages:
352
352
Sales rank:
7
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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The title of this book says it all. A lot of the photos had a deep ...
The title of this book says it all. A lot of the photos had a deeper story behind them and I loved and appreciated those stories. This is just an all around beautiful book.
- 18876111
February 9, 2018
Wow - every picture tells a story.
Our 44th president couldn't have chosen a better photographer.
- Anonymous
January 2, 2018
A wonderful beautiful book for a wonderful great man! Priceless ph ...
A wonderful beautiful book for a wonderful great man! Priceless photos.
- Ilovemister
December 6, 2017
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