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Photographing Obama: An Evening with Pete Souza

Barack Obama © Pete Souza

​Join us for this special event with President Obama’s official photographer

Pete Souza served as Chief White House Photographer for President Barack Obama, capturing historic meetings with world leaders and leading cultural figures, as well as more intimate moments with the President’s family. He was previously an Official White House Photographer for President Ronald Reagan. This is a unique opportunity to see Souza offer an illustrated talk on his new book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, followed by a conversation between Souza and the writer and academic Sarah Churchwell. There will also be a Q&A with the audience, and a book signing after the talk.


Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Rise of Barack Obama, which documents the president’s meteoric ascent from his first day in the United States Senate through the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C. and is a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.

Professor Sarah Churchwell is professorial fellow in American literature and chair of public understanding of the humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD

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4 December 2017 at 18.30–20.00