This behind-the-scenes look at the lives of our recent Commanders in Chief features the images and recollections of the nine professionals who have served as official White House photographers, including Pete Souza, the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and previously an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. The President's Photographer is the intimate story of the men and women who are both visual historians and key links between the public and the Presidents. Five of the nine Official White House Photographers are alive today, and in rare personal interviews, they recount the stories behind the remarkable photographs. Expressive close-ups of presidents reveal moments of joy, reflection, and turmoil over public issues and private challenges. Unexpected angles cast new light on historic events. Through both iconic and little-known images, this book offers a fresh perspective on life and work behind the famous facade of the White House.The President's Photographer is the official companion book to the National Geographic Channel special that aired in November 2010.
About the Author
John Bredar is an award-winning television producer who currently serves as WGBH’s vice president for national programming. Prior to this role, he worked for 26 years at National Geographic, where he produced more than 25 films exploring topics from cockroaches and black widow spiders to sumo wrestlers and combat cameramen. In 2005, Bredar received the Emmy for Best Director for the National Geographic special Arlington: Field of Honor, an unprecedented and poignant look at Arlington National Cemetery. He holds a master's degree in US diplomatic history from Johns Hopkins University. To learn more, follow @bredarj on Twitter.Pete Souza was named President Barack Obama's White House photographer in January 2009. Prior to this, he was a photojournalism professor at Ohio University and a photojournalist for the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Rise of Barack Obama and Obama: An Intimate Portrait. To learn more, visit petesouza.com or follow @PeteSouza on Twitter.
“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