Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images
Richelle Szypulski
September 27, 2017

During his eight years in office, former President Barack Obama visited some truly amazing places — The Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, and Jordan’s ancient city of Petra, to name a few.

Of the 445 “missions” he took on Air Force One, some were monumental, like his trip to Cuba as the first sitting U.S. president to visit in 88 years, while some were spent relaxing with Michelle Obama and their girls on Martha’s Vineyard, a favorite family vacation spot. Obama was also one of few presidents to visit all 50 states during his eight-year term.

Through it all, Pete Souza, the former Chief Official White House Photographer, was right beside him with his camera. Since then, Souza has gained a following of 1.5 million by sharing glimpses into his archive to his Instagram account, and now he’s taking it a step further with a new photo book disclosing up close and personal images with the 44th president.

Souza’s new book, “Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs,” (Little, Brown and Company) is due to release Nov. 7, 2017, though it’s currently available for pre-order and is already the number-one best-seller in Amazon’s Celebrity Photography category.

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The new book will be printed in an oversize, 12-inch by 10-inch format, perfect for gifting to fans of Obama or of Souza’s work as the holidays approach. Following a foreword by Obama himself, you’ll find more than 300 full-color photos of some of his most iconic moments, some of which have never been published elsewhere.

Each photo is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes caption that lets readers into Obama's life in the White House, around the world, and into the spirit of his chapter in American history.

MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images; Courtesy of Amazon

‘Obama: An Intimate Portrait’

To buy: amazon.com, $50

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