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The official companion to the November 2010 National Geographic special, The President's Photographer is the intimate story of the men and women who are both visual historians and key links between the public and the Presidents. Like the film, this behind-the-scenes invitation features the images and recollections of the nine professioals wh have served as official White House photograhers. (President John F. Kennedy appointed the first, Cecil Stoughton, in 1960; all predecessors were with the U.S. Navy or Park Service).


Five of the nine are alive today, and in rare personal interviews, they recount the stories behind the remarkable photographs. Expressive close-ups of presidents reveal moments of joy, reflection, and turmoil over public issues and private challenges. Unexpected angles cast new light on historic events. Through both iconic and little-known images, this book offers a fresh perspective on life and work behind the famous facade of the White House.


The President’s Photographer: 50 Years in the Oval Office premieres Wednesday, November 24, on PBS (check local listings for times).


  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • © 2010

John Bredar is Executive Producer of National Geographic Television and a multiple Emmy Award winner. Since joining NGT in 1989, he has produced more than 20 films exploring topics from cockroaches and black widow spiders to sumo wrestlers and combat cameramen. He is producer/director/writer of National Geographic's Inside the White House, the highest-rated PBS program for the 1996-97 season. In 2005 he received the Emmy award for Best Director for the National Geographic special Field of Honor, an unprecedented and poignant look at Arlington National Cemetery. He holds a master's degree in U.S. diplomatic history from Johns Hopkins University.


Photojournalist Pete Souza was named President Barack Obama's White House photographer in January 2009. Souza has been a photojournalism professor at Ohio University and a photojournalist for the Chicago Tribune. His book, The Rise of Barack Obama, published in July 2008, hit the New York Times bestseller list.


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Great look inside the White House

By Jen R.

from San Luis Obispo, CA

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Pros

  • Easy To Follow
  • Informative
  • Quality Photos

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Educational
    • Entertainment
    • Staying Informed

    Comments about The President's Photographer:

    The previous commenter is obviously anti-Obama, which compelled me to write this review. As a lover of photography, this DVD touched my heart with familiar images of the past and images of the Obama administration that I had not yet seen. It's more about the art and the beauty and the access. Who cares who it covers? It's an amazing thing, seeing the day-to-day life of the president. I love this documentary.

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    5.0

    Best President Photography Book EVER!!!1

    By DJCGMMI

    from Little Rock, AR

    About Me Bookworm

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    Pros

    • Crispy photography
    • Everything
    • Laminated pages
    • Nice cover
    • Thick paper stock
    • Vibrant colours

    Cons

    • I wish it cost more money

    Best Uses

    • Great bathroom book
    • Great coffee table book

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    very disapointing

    By Mary the republican

    from Beloit, Wisconsin

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    Pros

    • Informative
    • Mostlly all about Obama

    Cons

    • Lacks Content

    Best Uses

    • Educational

    Comments about The President's Photographer:

    I feel mislead about the contents of your video. It claims to be fifty years inside the white house but its almost all about President Obama. Had I know that I would not have bought the video.I suppose if you want Republicans to buy it that would be the way to advertise it.

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