Pete Souza & President Obama On Photographing A Presidency + Pete’s Gear
This is it, the last ten meters of the home stretch for the Obama administration, which will bring to conclusion a historic presidency, regardless of what side of the fence you’re on. In doing so it will also bring an end to an administration that hasn’t always been the most transparent with the visual press, and been subject to scrutiny when it comes to journalistic photography within the hallowed walls of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Last one from the MLK series. Gotta imagine that MLK would be proud to know his bust was displayed opposite Lincoln’s during the administration of the first African American president. Come to think of it, I’ll bet Lincoln would be proud to know the bust of a civil rights icon was displayed opposite his during the administration of the first African American president.
A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jan 16, 2017 at 5:39am PST
It has been accused of censoring the images to a high degree and staging shots released images, and yet in that time they’ve also torn up the 40 year old ban on photography in the White House, and the volume of imagery that has cascaded out of the WH doors has been more than we’ve ever seen before, much of it thanks to Pete Souza, Chief White House Photographer. But as Obama’s time concludes it’s fair to say so will Souza’s, even though he has previously been the White House Photographer during the Reagan era. CBS has caught up with Souza to recall some of the strongest, best, and perhaps most telling imagery of his tenure, and we also get a few words from President Obama on Pete, and the relationship between the President and his Chief Photographer. IF you pay attention it’s good to hear how much value they put on a good sense of propriety, accuracy, and the importance of intuition.
This bares some particular level of emotion, considering the favorability with which the Obama administration departs, and given the incoming admin’s contentious and somewhat venomous relationship with the press, it may be some time before we see views of the White House and a relationship like this. If you’re interested to see what gear the Pete has used throughout his time with the Obama admin, here’s what we’ve found:
- Canon 5D Mark III
- Canon 135mm f/2 L
- Canon 35mm f/21.4 L
- Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II
- FujiFilm X100T
- Sony a7R II
- Canon 70-200 f/2.8
- Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
- Canon 24mm f/1.4 L
- Canon 50mm f/1.2L
- Canon 85mm f/1.2L
Here’s another good look at Souza and his time in the White House from the BBC: