Pete Souza presents White House 2016 Year in Photographs

Pete Souza has a dream job of photography, and his best images of 2016 prove why. For the last eight years he has documented the Obama White House as Chief Official White House Photographer and Director of the White House photo office. The behind the scenes access gives a look at life in the White House in the final year of President Obama's presidency.

Pete Souza presents White House 2016 Year in Photographs

Pete Souza has had one of the dream jobs of photography, and one of the most stressful that a photographer can have. With the title of Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama, and the Director of the White House photo office, It has been his job to document President Obama's life as President.

For the eighth time, Souza is presenting the Year in Photographs for 2016, the final year of the Obama presidency. These are some of the images we found most compelling. The behind the scene access granted to Souza is amazing and he made images that bring us into the daily life of our leader.

"When you add up (the president's) day, and all the things that I photograph, I take a lot of pictures," said the photographer in a short interview for BBC Newsnight. "Someone in my office who monitors this said that I'll probably end up taking, at the end of eight years, two million photographs."

Souza's book, "The Rise of Barack Obama," was published in July 2008 and includes exclusive photographs of the Senator Obama's rise to power. Souza extensively documented Obama's first year in the Senate and accompanied Obama to seven countries including Kenya, South Africa and Russia in 2005-2006. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks.

Souza, who was also Ronald Reagan's official photographer from 1983 to 1989, took his first pictures of Obama in 2005.

“He’s walking around Red Square, he’s on a sidewalk, and nobody knows who he is," said the photographer.

We look forward to his next book that we're sure will present a unique look into the eight year life of our first African-American president.


Our Favorite Photograph: The look on the little boy's face is incredible. He KNOWS he could be President.
Feb. 18, 2016 --  “I had my eye on this youngster while President Barack Obama spoke during a reception at the White House celebrating African American History Month. When the President starting greeting audience members along the rope line, I bent down in front of the young man and captured this moment of the President touching his face before he too bent down to greet him. Afterwards, I tracked down his name — Clark Reynolds — and had the President sign a copy for him.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The slideshow below features the photographs from Pete's 2016 portfolio that we immediately fell in love with.

The full edit by Souza is available on the official Medium channel of the White House with the backstory of each image.

Feb. 23, 2016 “This photograph evokes the President in deep thought, which is not always an easy mood to convey. He was prepping with his national security staff before a teleconference with European leaders.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Feb. 23, 2016 “This photograph evokes the President in deep thought, which is not always an easy mood to convey. He was prepping with his national security staff before a teleconference with European leaders.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)