Pete Souza


An Intimate Portrait


April 26, 2018
7:30 PM ET
(Doors at 6:30)


Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116


$72.00 (pre-signed book included) $35.00 (admission only)

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Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome back PETE SOUZA, the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama, for a special talk and slideshow presentation of his #1 New York Times bestselling photography book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait. The program will run approximately 90 minutes, including Q&A with the audience. This event is co-sponsored by the Photographic Resource Center.

Please Note

  • This event does not include a book signing. All pre-sales tickets include a pre-signed edition of Obama: An Intimate Portrait, personally signed by Pete Souza. Pre-sale tickets are limited.
  • While we are not taking requests or pre-orders for signed books for those not attending the event, those interested can sign up here to be notified if extra signed stock becomes available.

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.

Book Sales

Available for purchase at the event:

  • Obama: An Intimate Portrait
  • Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama's Inspiring and Historic Presidency (Young Readers Edition)
Pete Souza
Pete Souza

Pete Souza

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for the entire tenure of the presidency of Barack Obama. He is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Obama: An Intimate Portrait and Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents. A photojournalist since the late 1970s, Souza was also an official White House photographer during the Reagan administration, a freelance photographer for Life and National Geographic, and the Washington-based national photographer for the Chicago Tribune. He is a professor emeritus at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. In 2021, Souza was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame.

Photo Credit: Joseph Radhik

All pre-sales tickets include a pre-signed copy of Obama: An Intimate Portrait and admission into the event. Pre-sales tickets are available for one week, after which an admission-only 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. Signed editions can only be guaranteed for those who purchase pre-sales tickets and attend the event.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

Parking for the Back Bay Events Center is located one block from the facility at the Garage @ 100 Clarendon.

Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

This event will take place in the beautiful John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston, on the corner of Berkeley and Stuart Streets.

Back Bay Events Center is located within blocks of several MBTA stations.

Back Bay Station: servicing Commuter Rail, Amtrak, and the Orange Line. Located on Dartmouth Street between Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue, and on Clarendon Street near Columbus Avenue.

Copley Square Station: servicing the Green Line. Located at 640 Boylston Street and 230 Dartmouth Street.

Arlington Street Station: servicing the Green Line. Located at 300 Boylston Street and 20 Arlington Street.

Parking for the Back Bay Events Center is located one block from the facility at the Garage @ 100 Clarendon.

Co-Sponsored by Photographic Resource Center

The Photographic Resource Center (PRC) is a vital forum for the exploration, interpretation, and celebration of new work, ideas, and methods in photography. We inspire our members and the broader community with thought-provoking exhibits, educational programs, wide-ranging resources, and unique special events that support the advancement of the photographic arts. Founded in 1976, the PRC is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that the Boston Globe has cited as “one-stop shopping for the photo buff.” Learn more here.
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