Obama White House Photographer from South Dartmouth Topic of New Documentary
Photographer Pete Souza is known across the globe for his work documenting the Obama White House, but it's less well-known that Souza is a New Bedford native and 1972 graduate of Dartmouth High School.
Now the celebrated photojournalist from the South Coast -- and his journey -- is the subject of a new Dawn Porter documentary. The Way I See It is due for release in theaters this month and it's already drawing attention from the likes of Rolling Stone.
Before becoming White House photographer for President Barack Obama, Souza worked for the Chicago Tribune, freelanced for National Geographic, and served as White House photographer under President Ronald Reagan. Souza was an eyewitness to history, and the movie reveals his transformation "from a respected photojournalist to a searing commentator on the issues we face as a country and a people," according to film company Focus Features.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has covered stories around the world. According to his bio, after 9/11 Souza covered the fall of Kabul in Afghanistan "after crossing the Hindu Kush mountains by horseback in three feet of snow." Now a resident of Madison, Wisconsin, Souza has emerged as an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.
"I have to speak out," he says.
Souza's 2017 book "Obama: An Intimate Portrait" debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. His recent book, "Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents" contrasts the Obama and Trump presidencies. The digital age has boosted Soutza's profile -- his Instagram account has millions of followers.
Last year Souza's photos were displayed in New Bedford.