The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office (Hardcover)
Official companion to the National Geographic Television Special airing in November 2010, "The President's Photographer"is the intimate story of the men and women who are both visual historians and keylinks between the public and the Presidents. Like the film, this behind-the-scenes invitationfeatures the images and recollections of the nine professionals who have served asofficial White House photographers. (President John F. Kennedy appointed the first, CecilStoughton, in 1960; all predecessors were with the U.S. Navy or Park Service). Five of thenine are alive today, and in rare personal interviews, they recount the stories behind theremarkable photographs. Expressive close-ups of presidents reveal moments of joy, reflection, and turmoil over public issues and private challenges. Unexpected angles cast newlight on historic events. Through both iconic and little-known images, this book offers afresh perspective on life and work behind the famous facade of the White House.
About the Author
Pete Souza is a freelance photographer and assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication. He was the official White House photographer for President Reagan, and he was recently named the official photographer for President-elect Barack Obama. Published this past summer, Souza's The Rise of Barack Obama was a New York Times bestseller.
“These photos are intimate, humanizing glimpses of our First Families.” –BookPage
“Working as a White House photographer offers access to scenes witnessed initially by few and ultimately by millions when the images eventually gain a worldwide audience.” –The Oregonian
“Presidents are seen as never before – expressing shock, anger and joy.” –The San Diego Union-Tribune