St. Joseph, Michigan, May 10, 2019
The Krasl Art Center (KAC) is thrilled to host
Pete Souza, Two Presidents, One Photographer
from May 31 - July 28. The iconic photographs of Pete Souza are well known from his tenure as
Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama
. What most people don’t remember is that Souza, who was trained as a photojournalist, was also an
Official White House Photographer for President Reagan.
Souza was in his late 20’s, at the beginning of his career, when he joined the Reagan White House in 1983. More than 30 years later, Souza returned to the White House to join the Obama administration.
“Both of these Presidents were decent human beings. Take it from someone who spent thousands of hours observing them in public and private.”
- Pete Souza
Two Presidents, One Photographer
showcases 56 of Souza’s photographs of two presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum.
This exhibit includes Souza’s favorite images of Presidents Obama and Reagan, providing us with candid moments that are windows into their humanity.
What we see in these photographs are two Presidents who clearly respected the office they held, and genuinely respected the people they interacted with, no matter the circumstance.
“What makes Pete such an extraordinary photographer, I think, is something more than his ability to frame an interesting moment. It’s his capacity to capture the mood, the atmosphere and the meaning of that moment.”
-Former President Barack Obama from his foreword to
Obama: An Intimate Portrait
“Pete Souza made the most of his special vantage point, recording some of the most intimate, honest and humanizing scenes of the presidency I’ve ever seen.
- Former Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr. from his foreword to
Unguarded Moments: Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of President Ronald Reagan.
Krasl Art Center invites the community to welcome this iconic show on
Friday, May 31, from 6 - 8 PM
with a cash bar, live brass ensemble and artmaking inspired by the exhibit, and small bites provided by Bistro on the Boulevard.
Pete Souza is a freelance photographer in the Washington, D.C., area and Professor Emeritus of Visual Communication at Ohio University. Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House photo office. His new book, "
Obama: An Intimate Portrait,
" was published by Little, Brown & Company on November 7, 2017, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
MAY 31 - JULY 28
Norwood Viviano’s work is about change. Utilizing digital 3D computer modeling and printing technology in tandem with glass blowing and casting processes, Viviano creates work depicting population shifts tied to the dynamic between industry and community.
visually models how populations move and are modified as a result of industry, creating a 3D lens to view that which is invisible or forgotten. Viviano’s use of blown glass forms and vinyl cut drawings are micro-models of macro changes at the regional, national, and international level.