Through The Lens With White House Photographer Pete Souza

Through The Lens With White House Photographer Pete Souza

Former Chicago Tribune photographer, Pete Souza has probably one of the most sought after jobs. For the past three years he has served as chief White House photographer. Having backstage access to every presidential event has allowed Pete and his staff to capture some amazing shots. These shots are a glimpse from Obama's presidency between May and June of this year.

May 1, 2012 President Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

May 10, 2012 President Obama looks at Mount Rainier from Air Force One during a flight from Seattle to Los Angeles. Nancy-Ann DeParle, deputy chief of staff, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney join the president for a look.

May 11, 2012 The South Portico of the White House seen from Marine One as it approaches the South Lawn for a landing.

May 11, 2012 First lady Michelle Obama touches the Hokie Stone before walking onto the field at Lane Stadium to give the Virginia Tech commencement address in Blacksburg.

May 16, 2012 President Obama has lunch with leaders of Congress in the Oval Office’s private dining room. Seated, clockwise from the president: Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).

May 19, 2012 President Obama plays a game of pool in the Holly Cabin following the conclusion of the Group of Eight Summit at Camp David, Md. Group of Eight nations include the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada and Russia.

May 19, 2012 President Obama participates in a G-8 Summit working session focused on global and economic issues in the dining room of Laurel Cabin at Camp David, Md.

May 20, 2012 President Obama throws a football on the field at Soldier Field following the NATO working dinner in Chicago.

May 25, 2012 Luz Graham-Urquilla, 4, watches President Obama as he signs her drawing at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. White House photographer Pete Souza and his staff have mostly unfettered access to the president, allowing them to document the Obama presidency in ways the Washington press corps cannot.

May 28, 2012 President Obama is reflected in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall as he delivers remarks during the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration ceremony in the District.

June 4, 2012 President Obama talks with former president Bill Clinton backstage at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York. Pete Souza is the chief official White House photographer and director of the White House Photography Office.

June 4, 2012 Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner speaks during a meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office. Mike Froman, deputy national security adviser for international and economic affairs and Lael Brainard, under secretary of the Treasury for international affairs, are seated next to Geithner.

June 8, 2012 President Obama greets members of the New York Giants on the South Lawn during a ceremony honoring the team for their Super Bowl XLVI victory.

June 13, 2012 President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama present a cake to assistant usher Reggie Dickson outside the usher's office of the White House, following a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony and dinner honoring Israeli President Shimon Peres.

June 13, 2012 President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave goodbye to Israeli President Shimon Peres on the North Portico following the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony and dinner in Peres’s honor.

June 20, 2012 Brian Mosteller, director of Oval Office operations, sits with Bo, the Obama family dog, in the outer Oval Office. It is Souza’s second tour as a White House photographer. He was a member of the photography office’s staff during the Reagan presidency.
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Jonathan Tin's picture

is it just me or are the pictures all really low resolution :-s

Joshua Dutt's picture

Did the images get put in a lower resolution for this post? They look like the lack sharpness.

They are like in the worst compression of jpeg possible...

And the images are not in the original proportion...Everybody is "

Sorry, thinner

Adam Burks's picture

Dear Ms. Jonas,

I believe you meant Chicago TribuNe. A once very esteemed newspaper, for which Pete Souza was once employed. Other than that, a very interesting post. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Lauren Jonas's picture

Thanks for the heads up! 

Lauren Jonas's picture

Hi everyone, the images were low resolution to begin with but I still felt like the were a great set to post. Sorry! 

harry's picture

Um just follow him/the White House on Flickr for better shots.

Thanks for this post Lauren. I really love Pete's work.. his images on flickr are just incredible--very in the moment!

Michael Dixon-Brooks's picture

Netflix has a documentary called the Presidents Photographer that follows Pete photographing Obama, pretty good.

Tomas Ramoska's picture

 Can u all look in to the images not in to the quality pixel peepers :D

Bryan Rapadas's picture

why do people judge the technical aspects of a photo such as sharpness etc.
why don't they just concentrate on the decisive moment of the photos especially these sets are PJs.

Great photos! I love them all!

Gerald Labrador's picture

You can watch the documentary on Pete Souza on PBS.