Etsomnia™ is taking the week off. It will be back next week.
It’s the day before inauguration day, and I admit I’m sad, sad, sad. I know people have many varied opinions about President Obama, and, frankly, I am not interested in discussing that in this forum. My blog is not about politics, and this post is not political. It’s about a spectacularly-talented photographer spending 8 years with unfettered access to a world leader doing a tough job with humanity and grace and humor.
For the last two presidential terms, Pete Souza has been the official White House photographer. Souza estimates he took nearly 2 million photographs during the Obama presidency. More than 6,600 of them can be seen on the White House’s official Flickr account. Souza’s instinct for emotional images, his access to powerful moments in recent history, and his clear connection to this president have all resulted in some beautiful, heartbreaking, poignant photographs.
All images © Official White House Photos by Pete Souza.