The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office (Hardcover)

Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office

By John Bredar, Pete Souza (Foreword by)

National Geographic Society, 9781426206764, 256pp.

Publication Date: November 2, 2010



Official companion to the National Geographic Television Special airing in November 2010, The President's Photographer is the intimate story of the men and women who are both visual historians and key links between the public and the Presidents. Like the film, this behind-the-scenes invitation features the images and recollections of the nine professionals who have served as official White House photographers. (President John F. Kennedy appointed the first, Cecil Stoughton, in 1960; all predecessors were with the U.S. Navy or Park Service). Five of the nine are alive today, and in rare personal interviews, they recount the stories behind the remarkable photographs. Expressive close-ups of presidents reveal moments of joy, reflection, and turmoil over public issues and private challenges. Unexpected angles cast new light on historic events. Through both iconic and little-known images, this book offers a fresh perspective on life and work behind the famous facade of the White House.

About the Author

John Bredar is an award-winning television producer who currently serves as WGBH's vice president for national programming. Prior to this role, he worked for 26 years at National Geographic, where he produced more than 25 films exploring topics from cockroaches and black widow spiders to sumo wrestlers and combat cameramen. In 2005, Bredar received the Emmy for Best Director for the National Geographic special Arlington: Field of Honor, an unprecedented and poignant look at Arlington National Cemetery. He holds a master's degree in US diplomatic history from Johns Hopkins University. To learn more, follow @bredarj on Twitter. Pete Souza was named President Barack Obama's White House photographer in January 2009. Prior to this, he was a photojournalism professor at Ohio University and a photojournalist for the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Rise of Barack Obama and Obama: An Intimate Portrait. To learn more, visit or follow @PeteSouza on Twitter.

Praise For The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office

“These photos are intimate, humanizing glimpses of our First Families.” –BookPage
“Working as a White House photographer offers access to scenes witnessed initially by few and ultimately by millions when the images eventually gain a worldwide audience.” –The Oregonian
“Presidents are seen as never before – expressing shock, anger and joy.” –The San Diego Union-Tribune