A confluence of occasions led to the success of Pete Souza as Chief White Home Photographer for President Obama. First, he’s a supremely proficient photographer and visible storyteller. Then he negotiated an all-access method with a photogenic president. Obama’s years in workplace additionally largely coincided with the rise of social media which led to accounts on flickr, Instagram, Fb, and Twitter – all aggressively up to date and maintained.
A telegenic President Trump hasn’t come to embrace the nonetheless photograph in the identical method as his predecessor, and I’m uncertain that we’ll see such an alignment of the celebs in our lifetime. All of the extra motive to have fun the publication of Pete’s new e-book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait.
Pete’s been on e-book tour the previous week, and judging by his Instagram, issues are going swimmingly.
And if you wish to get into the thoughts of the photographer, right here’s somewhat podcast interview with Katie Couric on your weekend listening.
Right here’s somewhat excerpt:
On whether or not he hesitated earlier than taking the job as White Home photographer for Obama:
I acknowledged the historic facet of his presidency. One of many issues that I discovered in my protection of him as senator was he was a terrific photographic topic in that the presence of the digital camera didn’t have an effect on what he did. He wasn’t self aware in any respect, which was extraordinarily vital, and could be very uncommon, particularly in a politician.
KC: So was president Reagan self aware?
He was an actor. In all probability somewhat extra so, yeah.
KC: Did he pose for the digital camera somewhat bit, as a result of that’s what he did for a residing at one level?
I imply, if you happen to return to the Eighties, it is a time when magazines form of dominated the photographic world. They might schedule like 15 minute photograph shoots with President Reagan. You already know, one week it was for Time, two weeks later it was for Newsweek. And so he was form of compelled to do these sorts of shoots. Distinction that with President Obama. He had no drawback with me tagging together with him, or if there was photographer that was going to spend the day with him and they’d simply shadow me to get photos, he had no drawback with that. However when it got here to posing for images, journal covers, issues like that, President Obama simply didn’t, that was not his factor. He didn’t like doing that in any respect.