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Parting Shot

Pete Souza (’76) is the chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama.

Souza held the same role under President Ronald Reagan and has also been a freelancer for National Geographic and the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune’s Washington bureau.

Souza first photographed Obama while documenting the latter’s first year in the U.S. Senate. He subsequently published his work in a book, The Rise of Barack Obama (Triumph Books, 2008). Souza has also published Plebe Summer at the U.S. Naval Academy, a photo documentary book following a company of midshipmen through their six-week indoctrination period.

The South Dartmouth, Mass., native has racked up awards, including the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism. His photos have been published in Fortune, Newsweek and other magazines and newspapers around the world, and Souza has lectured at universities across the country and appeared on Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America, CNN Special Reports, Fox Friends and Family, and National Public Radio.

3 Comments on Parting Shot

  • Perhaps this would be a great feature in his Presidential Library with the music to ” Lean on Me when you’re not strong for I’ll be your strength, I’ll help you carry on……” playing in the background! Smile!

  • Really beautiful photos.

  • These photos are amazing, it’s refreshing to see Obama as a normal person and not just the brunt of all the harsh criticism these days. Love the one at his daughters basketball game.

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