Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS)

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Thursday, February 25 at 7PM CST on Zoom (register here)

(If the registration list is full, you can join a waiting list here)

A Conversation with Pete Souza, former Official White House Photographer


Pete Souza has had one of the most fascinating jobs ever as the Official White House Photographer during the Reagan and Obama administrations. Pete was in a unique position to spend rare and intimate moments in the Oval Office observing two transformative Presidents of the United States. He shares some of his iconic behind-the-scenes photographs, along with his poignant detailed stories, all leading to a bold and dynamic depiction of true leadership.

Pete Souza’s book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, was published in 2017 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and is one of the best-selling photography books of all time. Pete’s Instagram account has more than two-an-a-half million followers. His 2018 book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, is based on his Instagram postings; it also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

He has exhibited his photographs at many venues around the world and currently has two exhibits that are traveling around the country: “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” and “Two Presidents, One Photographer: Obama and Reagan.” Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.

Pete Souza is the subject of the film The Way I See It, being shown virtually for free through the UWM Union Cinema from Wednesday, February 24 through Friday, February 26. (Because of limitations imposed by the distributor, this film will only be available to those with an active UWM email address. Register here.)

Sponsored by Student Involvement in partnership with Focus Photography Club at UWM, Peck School of the Arts, Photography and Imaging Area and POL SCI @ UWM.