Chase Jarvis interviews former White House photographer Pete Souza about his career so far

May 27, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Chase Jarvis interviews former White House photographer Pete Souza about his career so far

May 27, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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If there one photographer’s name who’s popped up a lot over the years, it’s Pete Souza. He was the official White House photographer for both Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, and he shot for the Chicago Tribune for many of the intervening years. Despite a long career already, at 65 years old he’s not giving up yet, having recently put out another new book.

In this live-streamed interview, Chase Jarvis spends an hour and a quarter talking to Pete about his career and the adventures he’s experienced along his journey – which has ended up taking a completely different direction to that which he originally intended.

It’s not the first time Pete’s been in front of the cameras to talk about his work or the more than two million images he shot during President Obama’s tenure in the White House. But this interview takes a deeper look at his whole career, including the time he spent at National Geographic and the things he learned along the way.

The interview starts about four and a half minutes into the video and goes on for about an hour and fifteen minutes. But despite its length (perhaps even as a result of its length), it’s well worth a watch. In it, you’ll find lots of great tips, advice and stories, and perhaps even some direction to help you with your own career.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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