Presidential photographer Pete Souza, best known for documenting Obama’s years in power, has opened up about the experiences of his career, recalling the day the manhunt for Osama bin Laden reached its climax, as well as revealing whether or not he’d like to shoot Trump’s Presidency.
Souza has been speaking of the many experiences of his career at a photo summit. In the leadup to the event, one event he recalls is the day al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden was assassinated.
While we were in that room for 40 minutes, I shot 102 pictures, and during the day, I shot more than a thousand, as a lot of things were going on.
Quite rightly, Souza says there are times he realizes his job means he is often at the center of events that are forming history. As the former Chief Official White House Photographer, he also took thousands of photos of Barack Obama during his time in charge, previously releasing his favourite images.
My job was to create the best archive of his presidency, and to hopefully show people how he was not just a president, but a person. It was my job to show him as the kind of person he was.
Quizzed on whether he’d like to photograph Trump’s presidency, his reply was an emphatic no, perhaps unsurprising, given his criticisms of Trump in recent years.
I think he is a vile human being. I think there has to be a certain amount of respect if you want to photograph someone every day during the presidency. I don’t think I can do that. I can photograph him as an outsider, but I can never be his White House photographer.
Lead image: White House/Pete Souza via Flickr CC.