Official White House Photographer Pete Souza recently sat down with BBC Newsnight to reflect on his experience photographing President Obama. By the time Barack Obama finishes his eight years in office, Souza estimates he will have taken nearly 2 million photographs of the President.
Pete Souza turned 8 years of Obama’s presidency into 2 million pictures, capturing his meetings, leisure time with family, basketball games and much more, showing us a more human side of one of the most powerful men in the world.
Pete Souza, who was also Ronald Reagan’s official photographer from 1983 to 1989, actually took his first pictures of Obama back in 2005. “He’s walking around Red Square, he’s on a sidewalk, and nobody knows who he is,” said the photographer. Just four years later however, Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States.
Pete Souza actually took his first photos of the president way back in 2005, long before he sat down in the Oval Office, but even then Souza says he was thinking ahead to Obama’s potential presidency. “There’s a picture of him where I was consciously thinking about this,” says Souza. “He’s walking around Red Square, he’s on a sidewalk, and nobody knows who he is. And so I was trying to show that […] I said to myself, ‘If he ever became president, this is a picture you’ll never see again.’”