Thursday, February 21, 2008

Photojournalist Pete Souza

EW Scripps students got a chance to listen to nationally acclaimed photojournalist Pete Souza who formerly worked for the Chicago Tribune and was an official photographer for the Reagan White House.

Pete Souza ( is currently a freelance photographer and assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University. He told students about being drafted to cover the fall of Kabul, Afgahanistan shortly after 9/11.

Souza said he had no idea what he was doing when he arrived. "You would hear these things wizzing over your head," Souza said. "Then I realized they were snipers' bullets.

After photographing a man that had his feet blown off from a land mine, Souza began walking behind tanks. Then, he said, he realized that that wasn't too smart an idea. If the rebels were going to blow up something - they would most likely be aiming at a tank.

More recently, Souza documented Barack Obama's first two years in the Senate and has accompanied him to seven countries including Kenya, South Africa and Russia.

Souza has published three books and has won numerous photojournalism awards including several times in the prestigious Pictures of the Year annual competition, the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, and the White House News Photographers Association's yearly contest.

He has lectured many times on his photography including at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Harvard University, Boston University, the University of Kansas, Western Kentucky University and Kansas State University

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