Personal, spontaneous shots of the President. Reminds me of David Kennerly’s photographs decorating the walls of Hotel Lucia in Portland, Oregon.



Pete Souza is the Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and Director of the White House Photography Office. He was also the official White House photographer during President Ronald Reagan’s second term.

Souza and Obama first met on January 3, 2005 on Obama’s first day in Senate. Souza at the time was a staff photographer at the Chicago Tribune’s Washington bureau. In a TIME interview Souza says he had an inkling the Senator had Presidential potential and began looking for photographic moments that could prove valuable in the course of history and define Obama’s early years:

“I was looking for things that I knew that if he ever became President you would never see again. [Obama was] walking down a sidewalk in Moscow in 2005 and no one recognized him. I realized that if he ever became President, you would never, ever see a photograph like…

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