I just got a copy of Pete Souza‘s ‘Obama, an Intimate Portrait‘. A superb book, on so many levels.
First, Souza is an outstanding photographer, capturing documentary moments with precision, and portraits with style. There’s a lot to learn from how Mr Souza tells the story unfolding in front of him.
Second, it is a fascinating historical document. Arranged in chronological order, all the big events, positive and negative, of the Obama presidency are here.
And, third, President Obama is revealing as a caring, thoughtful yet fun loving guy. Very human.
From the blurb:
Pete Souza was with President Obama during more crucial moments than anyone else and he photographed them all – from the highly classified to the disarmingly candid. Obama: An Intimate Portraitre produces more than three hundred of Souza’s most iconic photographs in exquisite detail, some of which have never been published before.
Souza’s photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, document the most consequential hours of the Presidency alongside unguarded moments with the President’s family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more. These images communicate the pace and power of America’s highest office and reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became President. The result is a portrait of exceptional intimacy and a stunning record of a landmark era in American history.