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Obama: An Intimate Portrait
A photography book by Pete Souza

In early 2017, I began collaborating with photographer Pete Souza on his book about the two administrations of President Barack Obama. The culmination of that work became "Obama: An Intimate Portrait," published later that year by Little, Brown & Company. The book debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and is one of the best-selling photography books of all time.

The hardcover book, which has 352 pages, contains a forward by President Obama and reproduces more than 300 photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format. Accompanying his pictures, Pete shares detailed captions with behind-the-scenes stories. The book was also released as a special edition in 2017.

During his time as Chief White House Photographer, Pete captured nearly two million images of the President. In this book, Pete's behind-the-scenes photographs and stories help viewers relive the extraordinary Obama Presidency. Together, they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency -- including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission -- alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more.

In its review, The Chicago Tribune wrote, "The book, which distills the 1.9 million photographs that Souza took of Obama's eight years in the White House down to about 300 images, it as once warm and nostalgic, worshipful and respectful, sad and wistful-in a sense, not so different from the framed JFK portraits that everyday Americans hung in living rooms, right through the Nixon administration. Less than 12 months since Obama left office (indeed, the very moment he left his office is included),  it also reads like a lesson in how fast things can change." 


Obama: An Intimate Portrait

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company; 1st Edition (November 7, 2017)​

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316512583

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316512589


Obama: An Intimate Portrait (special edition)

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company; Special edition (November 7, 2017)​

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316512591

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316512596

Photographer - Pete Souza


Picture Editors - Pete Souza

                          Jenn Poggi

                          Yolanda Cuomo


Design - Yolanda Cuomo

               Bobbie Richardson

Publisher - Little, Brown and Company

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

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