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An Evening with #1 New York Times Best Selling Author/Photographer Pete Souza

February 9, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Zoom Meeting 6:30 PM (details and links coming January 5)
Mr. Souza 7PM

CoPA is proud to present an evening with photographer Pete Souza. Souza is an American photojournalist, the former Chief Official White House Photographer for Presidents of the United States Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama and the former director of the White House Photography Office. Souza was a photographer with The Chicago Tribune, stationed at the Washington, D.C., bureau from 1998 to 2007.

To make the #1 New York Times best-selling book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Souza’s unique look at the Obama presidency told through photographs and Souza’s own stories, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. As a result, during his eight years with President Obama, Souza made more than 8 million photographs, which gave him an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the unique gravity of the Office of the Presidency — and the tremendous responsibility that comes with it.

Three years later, in 2020, Souza delivered a potent commentary on the Presidency and our country in his new book; Shade: A Tale of Two PresidentsIn 2020, as a concerned citizen observing the Trump administration, the formerly apolitical Souza, who had great respect for Ronald Reagan, felt he had to stand up and speak out.

3-1-1988 President Reagan aboard Air Force One during a trip to Belgium, Pete Souza

Shade is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. Here, more than one hundred of Souza’s unforgettable images of President Obama deliver new power and meaning when framed by the tweets, news headlines, and quotes that defined the first 500 days of the Trump White House.

What began with Souza’s Instagram posts soon after President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 has become a potent commentary on the state of the Presidency, and our country. Some call this “throwing shade.” Souza calls it telling the truth.

Based on the New York Times #1 bestsellers, An Intimate Portrait and Shade, comes a new documentary, The Way I See It, an unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of the most iconic Presidents in American History, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, as seen through the eyes of renowned photographer Pete Souza. As Official White House Photographer, Souza was an eyewitness to the unique and tremendous responsibilities of being the most powerful person on Earth. The movie reveals how Souza transforms from a respected photojournalist to a searing commentator on the issues we face as a country and a people. Pete has lectured many times on his photography including at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Harvard University, Boston University, and has appeared on ABC’s 20-20. Dateline NBC, CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News, Fox News Sunday, and Fox Friends and Family.

To get the most of out the CoPA meeting with Pete Souza, we highly recommend everyone watch Dawn Porter’s 2020 documentary on Souza’s work, The Way I See It, which has generated considerable Oscar buzz. Roger Ebert’s review of the docu is well worth reading. The Way I See It, which can be screened free of charge at Peacock.com, is a brilliant introduction to not only a gifted photographer, but an engaging and entertaining speaker, as well. (Have your tissues at the ready-the film is filled with laughter and a poignancy that moved us to tears.)

Mr. Souza will speak promptly at 7PM followed by an exciting Q&A. The event is open to CoPA members and one guest each.

CoPA is grateful to Mr. Souza and his agent Diane Goodman for waiving Mr. Souza’s standard speaking fee in order to accommodate our small non-profit budget.


February 9, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Event Category:


Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA)


ZOOM meeting
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