Tales from former White House photographer Pete Souza.

What Makes the White House Photographer’s Work Different From Propaganda?

What Makes the White House Photographer’s Work Different From Propaganda?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 4 2017 8:11 PM

Pete Souza’s Photo Synthesis

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

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Photographer Pete Souza (far right) follows former President Barack Obama departing the White House on Oct. 7, 2016.

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Before Pete Souza became the most famous troll on Instagram, he was the White House photographer for the duration of the Obama administration. Souza explains his approach to capturing moments and shares why he doesn’t consider his work to be propaganda. His book of pictures from the Obama presidency is Obama: An Intimate Portrait.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.