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Professor tapped as official White House photographer

on Monday,January 26,2009 22:01

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Barack Obama has turned to an award-winning photographer, and a college professor, to document the next four years of his historic presidency.

Pete Souza, 54, who also worked for the Chicago Tribune, has done it all before: he worked as a photographer for the Reagan administration from 1983 to 1989, and was asked to photograph the funeral of the former president in 2004 at the request of his widow, Nancy Reagan, according to the newspaper.

The Tribune also reports that Souza negotiated close access to the president because, as he says, "I''m there for history. I''m not there for photo-ops. I''m there to document what is going on behind the scenes."

Souza''s career included freelance work for National Geographic and Life Magazine. He was also one of the first photojournalists to cover the fall of Kabul after 9/11, and his photos appeared on the covers of Fortune, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report, according to examiner.com.

In 2007, Souza left the Chicago Tribune''s Washington Bureau to teach photojournalism at Ohio University. He is also the author of a best-selling photo book "The Rise of Barack Obama."

A native of Massachusetts, Souza graduated from Boston University, and holds a master''s degree from Kansas State University.
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