Pete Souza

Sunday, October 21, 2018
3pm (Reception 2-2:45pm)

An Afternoon with
Pete Souza

discussing his upcoming book, 
Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents

Frost Auditorium
Culver City High School
4401 Elenda St,
Culver City, CA 90230

PURCHASE TICKETS 
$55 Reserved Section Seat + signed book 
$45 General Admission Section Seat + signed book
$150 Premium Section Seating + Pre-Reception (2-2:45pm)
+ 2 books (Shade and the coffee table book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait)

We welcome Pete Souza back to our stage. We hosted him in January 2017 for his book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait.  That event sold out very quickly, so get your tickets early.

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestsellers Obama: An Intimate Portrait and The Rise of Barack Obama. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C., and a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President 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.

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.

In Shade, Souza’s photographs are more than a rejoinder to the chaos, abuses of power, and destructive policies that now define our nation’s highest office. They are a reminder of a President we could believe in, and a courageous defense of American values.

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