As 2016 presses on, we rapidly approach the end of Barack Obama’s 8 year tenure as President of the United States. Its been a remarkable period of time in so many ways – that has shaped everything from healthcare reform to the political landscape in foreign lands.
Whatever your political allegiance, or however big a fan or hater you are of the man, it’s important for the future to look back on these times to learn, remember and understand all that went on – and not just those few shots or pieces of footage that get picked up by the world’s media and used on every front page or top story.
From the first day of Obama’s Presidency, Pete Souza has been chronicling every candid pause, phone call, visit, conversation, embrace and basketball game as one of the official White House photographers. His shots are incredibly well framed and astute in their observations – providing rarely seen glimpses of those moments that poignantly illustrate the kind of man Obama really is. Souza has imperious form – he shadowed Ronald Reagan throughout his presidency from 1983 to 1989, and was a photographer with The Chicago Tribune (stationed at the Washington, D.C bureau) between 1998 and 2007, which allowed him to chart the rise of then Senator Obama to the Oval Office.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how The White House image library continues to grow over the next four, or eight, years as the new President takes office. With very different personalities, at different stages of their lives, I doubt that the shots will be quite as openly candid or heartwarming.
All images credit: Pete Souza / The White House