Pete Souza - Obama's Official Photographer

Pete Souza, is the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama; he is also the Director of the White House photo office. Souza spent four hours setting up the right conditions and background for Obama's official photo - then five minutes taking the picture that makes history.

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

Souza's book, "The Rise of Barack Obama," was published in July 2008 and includes exclusive photographs of the Senator's rise to power. Souza extensively documented Obama's first year in the Senate and accompanied Obama to seven countries including Kenya, South Africa and Russia. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks. Visit Pete Souza's "The Rise of Barack Obama" Photo Gallery

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Filed under: Photo Extras February 10, 2009
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