Photographing Obama, insights from White House photographer Pete Souza
Having first photographed President Obama in 2005, White House photographer Pete Souza estimates that by the time Obama’s second term is up, he will have made over two million photographs of the President.
It’s difficult to imagine following and photographing the same person for eleven years. In this video, from BBC’s Newsnight, Souza talks about covering every aspect of the President’s public and private life.
While a job like this is certainly an honour, regardless of your political leanings, I’m not sure it’s something I would want to do.
The highs seem like great times that many of us would love to have witnessed first hand.
But the lows can be the kind of thing that changes a person for life, even when you’re only documenting it.
Regardless, Souza’s insights and thoughts on this unique position as a photographer, following one of the most powerful men in the world, are very interesting.
The access that this position has afforded him has allowed him to produce some of the most iconic, and sometimes humorous, images of any American President.
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.