Event featuring former White House photographer sees huge demand

It’s not often that a virtual event is “sold out,” but that’s what happened to a UWM Distinguished Lecture Series event with former White House photographer Pete Souza. By Monday evening there were 400 registrations for the Thursday event, but by Tuesday morning all 500 “seats” allowed by the Zoom license were filled. (There is a waiting list in case of cancellations).

Organizers said that some of the late registrations may have come after Souza posted about the lecture/conversation on his own social media and registrations came in from all over.

However, UWM faculty, staff and students will still have a chance to see Souza’s work with a free screening of his documentary, “The Way I See It,” at the Union Cinema Feb. 24-26.

“The Way I See It” provides an inside look at what it was like for a photographer to have such intimate access to the president of the United States. Souza served as official photographer for presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. He is credited with creating some of the most iconic photographs of the Obama years.

To view the film, go to the Union Cinema website. The virtual screening is available only to those with an active UWM email address for signup. The screening link is active from 5 p.m. Feb. 24 through 5 p.m. Feb. 26.

The lecture is sponsored by Student Involvement in partnership with Focus Photography Club at UWMPeck School of the Arts, Photography and Imaging Area and POL SCI @ UWM.

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