Reading the Pictures: Pete Souza and Michael Shaw in Conversation

As a special Photoville presentation of the Reading the Pictures Salon, Pete and Michael will focus on 8-10 of Pete’s photographs and discuss how each of them captured a particular aspect of the Obama presidency.

Photoville at St. Ann’s Warehouse presents
Reading the Pictures: Pete Souza and Michael Shaw in Conversation

Featuring: Michael Shaw, Pete Souza

Presented in partnership with

Reading The Pictures and United Photo Industries











Hosted by

St. Ann’s Warehouse

Saturday, September 16 | 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse – 45 Water St DUMBO Brooklyn


Pete Souza is the former Chief Official White House Photographer for President Ronald Reagan and President Barack Obama, and the former director of the White House Photography Office. Michael Shaw is the publisher of the nonprofit organization, Reading the Pictures. As a special Photoville presentation of the Reading the Pictures Salon, Pete and Michael will focus on 8-10 of Pete’s photographs and discuss how each of them captured a particular aspect of the Obama presidency. They will talk about framing, composition, and meaningful elements of the photos in addition to exploring Pete’s role as photo editor, why certain pictures were featured, and some surprising turns once the public engaged with them.

Audience members without a “free pre-registration ticket” will be admitted on a first come, first served basis between 4:15pm – 4:30pm. The wait line will be set up at 3:30pm so come early to secure your seat!

This special presentation will be held in the magnificent st. Ann’s Warehouse main theatre space – we can’t wait to see you here!


Michael Shaw is a clinical psychologist and publisher of Reading The Pictures, the visual and media literacy nonprofit dedicated to the daily analysis of news images. He also writes and lectures on visual politics and photojournalism, and is a regular contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review.





From eyewitness to history maker, Pete Souza provides behind-the-scenes photographs from the White House and beyond. Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and President Reagan. During Obama’s eight years as president, Pete took close to two million photographs. To truly document both of the president’s lives, Pete would take on the responsibility of attending every meeting the president was a part of, all the time. It was important for him to capture the president not just as a leader, but as a human being. In addition to the national political scene, Pete has covered stories from around the world. After 9/11, he was among the first journalists to cover the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan after crossing the Hindu Kush mountains by horseback in three feet of snow. Pete has lectured many times on his photography, including at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Harvard University, and Boston University. He has appeared on ABC’s 20-20, Dateline NBC, CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News, Fox News Sunday, and Fox Friends and Family.

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