This newest official Presidential portrait was taken by recently appointed White House Photographer Pete Souza in preparation for Inauguration Day.
The official portrait is the first one ever made with a digital camera (a Canon 5D Mark II).
Pete Souza also photographed President Ronald Reagan extensively. I believe that Michael Evans held the title of Official White House Photographer for President Reagan, but Pete Souza worked either with Evans or under him at the Reagan White House from June of 1983 until President Reagan left office in January of 1989. The job has a somewhat spotty history; Dirck Halstead, now of the Digital Journalist and a former assistant White House photographer himself, has a brief essay online explaining the meaning of the words "White House Photographer."
TOP congratulates Pete on his appointment as Official White House Photographer!
(Thanks to Ken Tanaka)
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Featured Comment by sean: "I've been looking through Pete's work and I've really enjoyed it. He's able to convey the mood of the people and places he’s shooting. Not only that but I get a real sense of a photographer who loves his what he's doing and his fellow man. Sensitivity, a sense of humour, respect and empathy are qualities that shine through his work. I'd say the new President's in safe hands."