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October 1, 2017

Reading the Pictures Salon: Michael Shaw and Pete Souza in Conversation at Photoville ’17

As a special Photoville presentation of the Reading the Pictures Salon, Publisher Michael Shaw and former White House photographer Pete Souza met at St. Anne’s Warehouse in Brooklyn before the start of Souza’s national tour to promote his bestselling book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait.

They focused on several of Pete’s photographs and discussed how each of them captured a special aspect of the Obama presidency. They discussed framing, composition, and key parts of the pictures, as well as Pete’s role as a photo editor. Finally, they looked at how some of the photos took on a surprising life of their own–some especially so after Obama left office.


President Barack Obama talks with President Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, after a lunch with other foreign leaders to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, at Château de Bénouville in Normandy, France, June 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Instagram post by Pete Souza with President Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin in China in 2014.

President Obama and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, center right, converse on a terrace at Putin’s residence outside Moscow on July 7, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s hands rest on the railing of a boat during their tour of St. Andrews Bay in Panama City Beach, Florida on Aug. 15, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with a group of inmates at El Reno Federal Correctional Institution July 16, 2015 in El Reno, Oklahoma. Obama’s trip was the first visit by a sitting President to a federal prison.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama, along with members of the national-security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1, 2011. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama watches a virtual reality film captured during his trip to Yosemite National Park. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President-elect Donald Trump on his first visit to the White House, November 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama having lunch with singer and activist Alicia Keyes and Paul David “Bono” Hewson, lead singer of U2 and anti-poverty activist, to discuss development policy in the Oval Office, April 30, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President’s wave aligns with a rainbow as he boards Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport prior to departure from Kingston, Jamaica, April 9, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • Panelists
  • Michael Shaw An analyst of news photos and visual journalism, and a frequent lecturer and writer on visual politics, photojournalism and media literacy, Michael is the founder and publisher of Reading the Pictures.
  • Pete Souza Former Chief Official White House Photographer for President Ronald Reagan and President Barack Obama, and the former director of the White House Photography Office

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