Pete Souza and Laura Dern Talk Photo Stories in The Way I See It [Exclusive Interview]

Pete Souza
Pete Souza

Former President Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan were certainly photogenic.

As a former White House photographer for years, Pete Souza captures the most critical and intimate moments of the POTUS life as the commander in chief, politician, diplomat, friend, and even as a father.

After publishing one of the best-selling coffee table books, The Way I See It is a documentary look through the eyes of Pete Souza as he recorded the lives of Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan through the lens of a camera.

Here’s the official synopsis of The Way I See It:

Based on the New York Times #1 bestseller comes The Way I See It, an unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of the most iconic Presidents in American History, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, as seen through the eyes of renowned photographer Pete Souza. As Official White House Photographer, Souza was an eyewitness to the unique and tremendous responsibilities of being the most powerful person on Earth. The movie reveals how Souza transforms from a respected photojournalist to a searing commentator on the issues we face as a country and a people.

Dawn Porter directed the documentary with Evan Hayes, Laura Dern, and Jayme Lemons as a producer.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with photographer Pete Souza and producer Laura Dern about bringing this beautiful photogenic documentary on to the screen.

Officially, Souza was the former Chief White House Photographer for U.S. President Barack Obama and the former director of the White House Photography Office. From 1998-2007, he was a photographer for The Chicago Tribune, in which he followed the rise of Senator Obama to the presidency. He served as the official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan from June 1983 until 1989. On the freelance side, he worked for National Geographic and Life magazines.

Dern is an award-winning actress and filmmaker with an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and five Golden Globes Awards. Her career took off in the 1980s with her performances with Mask, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, and Wild at Heart. She received her first Oscar nom with Rambling Rose and recognized in her blockbuster hit for Jurassic Park. Most recently, she had supporting roles in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Marriage Story, and Little Women. She won an Oscar for her performance in Marriage Story.

The Way I See It launches commercial-free on MSNBC tomorrow at 10 p.m. EST.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Focus Features

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