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The White House, from Peter Souza’s lens


White House photographer and Boston University alumnus Peter Souza has been shooting since Ronald Reagan’s second term in office. Since then, he has photographed Barack Obama around the world, documenting these travels in his 2008 book, The Rise of Barack Obama. Souza has won several awards for his photography including multiple wins in the annual Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Picture of the Year competition, the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism and the White House News Photographers Association’s yearly contest.

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Peter Souza

Pete Souza is the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama; he is also Director of the White House photo office. He is on extended leave of absence from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication where he is an assistant professor of photojournalism. He also worked as an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan, a freelancer for National Geographic, and the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune based in their Washington bureau.

Souza covered stories around the world as well as the national political scene. After 9/11, he was among the first journalists to cover the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan. More recently, Souza documented Barack Obama’s first year in the Senate and has accompanied him to several countries. His photographs have also been published in many other magazines and newspapers around the world including on the covers of Fortune, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report.

Souza’s most recent book, The Rise of Barack Obama, was published in July 2008 and includes exclusive photographs of the Senator’s rise to power. Souza also published two books on President Reagan: Unguarded Moments: Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of President Reagan (1992) and Images of Greatness: An Intimate Look at the Presidency of Ronald Reagan (2004, Triumph Books). Souza was also the official photographer for the June 2004 funeral of President Reagan. Souza also published another documentary book entitled, Plebe Summer at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Souza won numerous photojournalism awards including several times in the prestigious Pictures of the Year annual competition, the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, and the White House News Photographers Association’s yearly contest.

He lectures extensively at colleges and universities and appeared on 20-20, Nightline, Good Morning America, CNN Special Reports, Fox Friends and Family, and NPR.

He is a native of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He graduated cum laude from Boston University and received his master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Kansas State University.