The President’s Photographer: 50 Years in the Oval Office

The President’s Photographer: 50 Years in the Oval Office

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Pete Souza photographs President Obama and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in the Oval Office.

Credit: Courtesy of Erin Harvey ©NGT

Follow chief White House photographer, Pete Souza, for a behind-the scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency.

For 50 years, presidential photographers have covered it all: upheaval, tragedy, joy — often developing friendships with the presidents they serve. Acting as both visual historians and key links between the public and the presidents, for these photographers no day is the same — whether they are aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union or in the heart of the West Wing. As the 44th president’s chief photographer, Pete Souza is never far behind President Obama. In this National Geographic Special, The President’s Photographer: 50 Years in the Oval Office, airing on WXXI World (DT21.2/cable 524) on Friday, March 2 at 9 p.m., viewers get to follow Souza, and those who came before him, for a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency. It’s a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world, for history.

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