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Pete Souza on eight years as chief White House photographer

On 20 January 2017, the new US president will take office, and Pete Souza will finish his stint as the official chief White House photographer and director of the White House photo office. Souza previously spent five years at the White House photographing President Ronald Reagan, and has shot stories worldwide for titles such as National Geographic and Life. After 9/11, he was one of the first journalists to cover the fall of the Afghan capital, Kabul, after crossing the snowbound Hindu Kush on horseback. BJP caught up with him to find out more about his experiences. When I first attended Boston University, I aspired to become a sports writer. But I took a photography class in my junior year and it didn’t take long before I changed my mind about what I wanted to do. Luck made me the chief White House photographer. I met Senator Obama when I was working as the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, and I spent a lot of time with him during his first two years in the Senate …


Any Answers: Rikard Osterlund

Describe yourself in less than 50 words. Swedish, 35. Loves to bake. Music geek and wannabe drummer. When was the first time you became aware of photography? How old were you? We always had family albums around, but it was probably not until I was 14/15 when I first really thought about it . My big brother had a makeshift darkroom in our spare toilet and it wasn’t long before I used his cameras more than he did. What motivates you? I am a visual person and use the camera to make sense of things. It is a way to be part of something and to reflect on, organise and question things that I encounter. As a freelance photographer it is a great thing to be able to bring someone else’s vision to life. How did you learn to become a photographer? Initially in school – it was very technical; a ‘light a studio-shot of a white egg on a white background and make a perfect fiber-print’ type of training. I got a BA in Photography in 2004 and I have attended …


Any Answers: Marton Perlaki – “Photography is a therapy for the mind”

Marton Perlaki is part of Ones to Watch, our annual Talent issue where we scour the globe for the next generation of talented image-makers set to dominate the industry. His image, from the series ELEMER, graces the cover, and this week he’s taking over our Instagram with daily snapshots and outtakes. Follow him at @martonperlaki. When was the first time you became aware of photography? How old were you? What is the primary reason you became a photographer?  My first encounter with photography was at Grammar School. I was probably around 16 years old. I originally wanted to major in drawing and painting, but the year I got admitted, the Catholic church repossessed the school, so I had no choice but to take up religious studies instead. A friend of mine then encouraged me to enter a photography school and I did. It wasn’t love at first sight. I really hated all the technical aspects of photography. I felt it distracted me from focusing on the subject I wanted to capture. It sounds a little over-romanticised, but …


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