A photo is worth a thousand words, but when you pair the right photo with the right words – you can go viral. A few days ago, former US President Barack Obama tweeted Pete Souza’s photo, along with a quote of Nelson Mandela. The photo, quote, and the message seem to have really reached and touched people. As a result, and the tweet broke all the records with the number of likes and retweets counted in millions.
Straight out of college, Andrew Harnik’s goal was as many of us with a passion for the camera. To make a living as a photographer. A goal he has reached. A Washington D.C. native, he’s worked as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist since 2003. Now working for the Associated Press, he is one of the photographers responsible for covering the President of the United States.
In this five minute short by filmmaker Bas Berkhout, Andrew talks about his journey. From his beginnings as an art photography student, working with the Washington Post, to finally ending up following the President.
Former White House photographer Pete Souza has announced a new book. Titled “Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs,” the book shows around 300 of the photographer’s favorite and most iconic images from the years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Some are the photos we’re familiar with, and some of them have never been seen before.
Here is an argument that may shut the race for new gear. President’s Trump’s official portrait was taken with a Canon 1Ds Mark III. Now, it’s a great camera, but it’s also almost a decade into the market. It was announced in august, 2007. President Obama’s portrait, on the other hand, was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II. (Obama was also the first president to have his portrait taken with a digital camera – and we owe that to Pete Souza). Obama’s second portrait, by the way, was taken with a 5D mark III (Announced March, 2012)
Here is the interesting thing though, the 5D mark II was announced on Sep, 2008, it’s actually a year newer than the 1Ds Mk III that was used to photograph president Trump.
Jobs like White House Photographer fascinate me. It’s not that I’m particularly interested in doing that kind of work (quite the opposite, in fact). But that it’s so far removed from the type of photography that most of us do on a daily basis. There’s many different challenges. Different goals. It’s a completely different way of working.
The current White House Photographer, for a couple more days at least, is Pete Souza. He’s been photographing Barack Obama since 2005, when he was just a Senator. Souza has held this position before during the time of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Since those days, though, photography and technology has come a long way. I would imagine he didn’t quite hit the 2 million photos mark with Reagan that he has with Obama.
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.