Photojournalist Pete Souza, who was the Chief Official White House Photographer for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, has revealed his favorite 55 shots that he took during the eight years of the Obama administration. The former Chicago Tribune photographer who headed the White House Photography Office has followed Obama from his first presidency campaign as a senator, all through his Oval Office tenure, and this selection encompasses a wide range of photos – from deadly serious to hilarious.
Souza’s ‘Year in Photos’ albums capturing Obama in the White House go back to 2009. It is believed the fifty-five snaps have been selected out of the roughly two million photographs Souza took during his time as a White House photography chief.
“There’s a certain daily grind to my job, but I’d say, once, twice, three, four, ten times a week, you realize that you are an eyewitness to history. And I always try to keep that forefront in my mind,” Souza once stated in an interview with National Public Radio.
“I think Obama’s administration will go down in history—he’ll go down in history as a great president. And just to have been there, to watch this from up close with a camera, has just been a remarkable opportunity.”
Here are ten from Pete Souza’s greatest hits. For the full 55, check out his ‘Year in Photos’ selection.