The Gist

Pete Souza’s Photo Synthesis

The Obama presidency, distilled into 5 pounds’ worth of pictures.

Photographer Pete Souza (far right) follows former President Barack Obama departing the White House on Oct. 7, 2016.

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Before Pete Souza became the most famous troll on Instagram, he was the White House photographer for the duration of the Obama administration. Souza explains his approach to capturing moments and shares why he doesn’t consider his work to be propaganda. His book of pictures from the Obama presidency is Obama: An Intimate Portrait.

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