Best of

News December 19, 2012 10:24 am

I’ve spent my morning going through the slideshows of top picks and edits on LightBox. I love me a little ‘best of;’ best of covers, best of behind the scenes, best of the 90’s mix. I particularly loved reading about Time’s picks for best covers. Being a photo editor means that you will have plenty of stories – both good and bad – of how a shoot came together. Its fun to hear how these art and photo teams conceptualized and executed some of these fantastic covers, and the issues that came up, or didn’t. Also love seeing Pete Souza’s personal edit of his shots from Obama’s first term, here. I think the edit is fantastic (imagine that job?).. a few of my favorites below.

 

Police hold back the crowd as tens of thousands of residents line the streets of the motorcade route to wave and welcome President Barack Obama in Rangoon, Burma, Nov. 19, 2012. President Obama is the first sitting U.S. President to visit the country. - Pete Souza

Police hold back the crowd as tens of thousands of residents line the streets of the motorcade route to wave and welcome President Barack Obama in Rangoon, Burma, Nov. 19, 2012. President Obama is the first sitting U.S. President to visit the country. – Pete Souza

President Barack Obama pretends to be caught in Spider-Man's web as he greets the son of a White House staffer in the Outer Oval Office, Oct. 26, 2012. - Pete Souza

President Barack Obama pretends to be caught in Spider-Man’s web as he greets the son of a White House staffer in the Outer Oval Office, Oct. 26, 2012. – Pete Souza

U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova picks up the First Lady during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility at the University of East London in London, England, July 27, 2012.  - Pete Souza

U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova picks up the First Lady during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility at the University of East London in London, England, July 27, 2012. – Pete Souza

"This was one of the most poignant moments of the President's first term. He was visiting wounded warriors in the intensive care unit ICU at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. He had just presented a Purple Heart to Sgt. Chase Haag, who had been injured by an IED just hours before. Sgt. Haag was covered with a blanket and it was difficult to see how badly he was injured. He was also seemingly unconscious so the President whispered in his ear so not to wake him. Just then, there was a rustling under the blanket and Sgt. Haag, eyes still closed, reached his hand out to shake hands with the President." -Pete Souza

“This was one of the most poignant moments of the President’s first term. He was visiting wounded warriors in the intensive care unit ICU at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. He had just presented a Purple Heart to Sgt. Chase Haag, who had been injured by an IED just hours before. Sgt. Haag was covered with a blanket and it was difficult to see how badly he was injured. He was also seemingly unconscious so the President whispered in his ear so not to wake him. Just then, there was a rustling under the blanket and Sgt. Haag, eyes still closed, reached his hand out to shake hands with the President.” -Pete Souza

President Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012.  -Pete Souza

President Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012. -Pete Souza

The First Lady visits with former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa, at his residence in Houghton, South Africa, June 21, 2011. -Pete Souza

The First Lady visits with former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa, at his residence in Houghton, South Africa, June 21, 2011. -Pete Souza

"I can still hear these Irish girls screaming, 'Barack! Barack! Michelle! Michelle!' It reminded me of the old black and white video footage of American girls screaming at the Beatles in concert. These girls were cheering as the President and First Lady took the stage at the College Green in Dublin, Ireland, May 23, 2011." -Pete Souza

“I can still hear these Irish girls screaming, ‘Barack! Barack! Michelle! Michelle!’ It reminded me of the old black and white video footage of American girls screaming at the Beatles in concert. These girls were cheering as the President and First Lady took the stage at the College Green in Dublin, Ireland, May 23, 2011.” -Pete Souza

"Much has been made of this photograph that shows the President and Vice President and the national security team monitoring in real time the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011. Some more background on the photograph: The White House Situation Room is actually comprised of several different conference rooms. The majority of the time, the President convenes meetings in the large conference room with assigned seats. But to monitor this mission, the group moved into the much smaller conference room. The President chose to sit next to Brigadier General Marshall B.

“Much has been made of this photograph that shows the President and Vice President and the national security team monitoring in real time the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011. Some more background on the photograph: The White House Situation Room is actually comprised of several different conference rooms. The majority of the time, the President convenes meetings in the large conference room with assigned seats. But to monitor this mission, the group moved into the much smaller conference room. The President chose to sit next to Brigadier General Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, Assistant Commanding General of Joint Special Operations Command, who was point man for the communications taking place. With so few chairs, others just stood at the back of the room. I was jammed into a corner of the room with no room to move. During the mission itself, I made approximately 100 photographs, almost all from this cramped spot in the corner. Please note: a classified document seen in front of Sec. Clinton has been obscured.” -Pete Souza

President Obama fist bumps a young person reaching through the door at the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela Community Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 20, 2011. -Pete Souza

President Obama fist bumps a young person reaching through the door at the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela Community Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 20, 2011. -Pete Souza

"We were walking through a locker room at the University of Texas on August 9, 2010, when White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson stopped to weigh himself on a scale. Unbeknownst to him, the President was stepping on the back of the scale, as Marvin continued to slide the scale lever. Everyone but Marvin was in on the joke." -Pete Souza

“We were walking through a locker room at the University of Texas on August 9, 2010, when White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson stopped to weigh himself on a scale. Unbeknownst to him, the President was stepping on the back of the scale, as Marvin continued to slide the scale lever. Everyone but Marvin was in on the joke.” -Pete Souza

President Obama talks with his daughter Malia on the swing set outside the Oval Office, May 4, 2010. -Pete Souza

President Obama talks with his daughter Malia on the swing set outside the Oval Office, May 4, 2010. -Pete Souza

After dinner with his family on March 19, 2009, the President works the phone in the Oval Office to continue pressing Congressmen to vote for the health care reform bill. -Pete Souza

After dinner with his family on March 19, 2009, the President works the phone in the Oval Office to continue pressing Congressmen to vote for the health care reform bill. -Pete Souza

“The President was playing golf with some high school friends at Luana Hills Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, during his Christmas vacation, Dec. 28, 2009. One of the main reasons he likes to golf is because he feels like he’s out of the ‘bubble.’ In fact, of course, there are dozens of staff and Secret Service that accompany him. But I thought this photograph showed to a certain extent the openness of being out on the golf course.” -Pete Souza

“This photo was taken about 4AM, Oct. 29, 2009, after the President made an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base to pay respects to fallen troops coming back from Afghanistan. After meeting privately with the families, the President walked alone up the ramp of the cargo plane carrying the 18 caskets, all draped in American flags. I could see the emotion on his face as he walked from casket to casket, leaving a Presidential coin on each. When he was done, he paused for a few minutes, head bowed in prayer. I heard him tell others later how that was the most difficult moment of his Presidency thus far. Out of respect for the families, not all of who wanted their ceremony photographed, we can’t show those pictures (but they will become part of Presidential archive.)” -Pete Souza

President Barack Obama is greeted by a large crowd following his Prague speech in Hradcany Square, April 5, 2009. -Pete Souza

President Barack Obama is greeted by a large crowd following his Prague speech in Hradcany Square, April 5, 2009. -Pete Souza

The President dances with his wife while singing along with the band Earth, Wind & Fire during the Governors Ball, his first formal function at the White House, on Feb. 22, 2009 -Pete Souza

The President dances with his wife while singing along with the band Earth, Wind & Fire during the Governors Ball, his first formal function at the White House, on Feb. 22, 2009 -Pete Souza

President Obama meets with the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition in the State Dining Room on Feb. 10, 2009 -Pete Souza

President Obama meets with the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition in the State Dining Room on Feb. 10, 2009 -Pete Souza

“We were on a freight elevator headed to one of the Inaugural balls on Jan. 20, 2009. It was quite chilly, so the President removed his tuxedo jacket and put it over the shoulders of his wife. Then they had a semi-private moment as staff members and Secret Service agents tried not to look.” -Pete Souza

2 Comments

  • A Photo Editor

    These images are so incredibly moving, and some so intimate. His universal appeal and his willingness to connect with strangers makes him seem more human than any president prior to him.

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