Pete Souza


An Intimate Portrait

There will not be a standby line for this event
There is an online waitlist


November 18, 2017
2:00 PM
(Doors at 1:30)


Harvard Science Center
Hall D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA


There will not be a standby line for this event.

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Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned photographer PETE SOUZA—the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama—for a discussion of his latest book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait.

Important Updates: 

Book Signing: This event will not include a book signing component, but all books will be personally pre-signed by the author, including books purchased on-site and books bundled with tickets. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment. 

Venue: The updated venue for this event is Hall B in the Harvard Science Center, on the corner of Kirkland and Oxford Streets in Cambridge, just north of Harvard Yard.

Tickets: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. There will not be a standby line for this event. There is an online waitlist.

About Obama: An Intimate Portrait

This is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's historic Presidency, captured in unprecedented detail by his White House photographer--and presented in an oversize, 12"x10" exquisitely produced format, and featuring a foreword from the President himself.

Pete Souza served as Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama's full two terms. He was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else—and he photographed them all. Souza took nearly two million photographs of President Obama, capturing moments both highly classified and disarmingly candid.

Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces Souza's most iconic photographs in exquisite detail, more than three hundred in all. Some have never been published. These photographs document the most consequential hours of the Presidency—including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission—alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more.

Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters.

The result is a portrait of exceptional intimacy and a stunning record of a landmark era in American history.

Pete Souza
Pete Souza

Pete Souza

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 best sellers 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.

UPDATE: Tickets for this event are sold out. Please note, there will not be a standby line for this event. There is an online waitlist. See below.

All pre-sales tickets include a copy of Obama: An Intimate Portrait, admission into the event, and a $5 coupon for use in the bookstore. Pre-sales tickets (online only) are available for two weeks, after which a $5 ticket option will also go on sale. Books bundled with pre-sale tickets may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

There is NO PARKING at the Science Center. For those traveling to the Science Center by car, there is paid public parking in Harvard Square. More info here.

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Hall D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
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