New Photos Illuminate Michelle Obama’s White House
In her four years as the former First Lady’s official photographer, Amanda Lucidon captured moments of humor and joy.
Between 2009 and 2017, official White House photographers accumulated an archive of nearly 4 million photos of the Obama administration. On average, that’s a little less than a photo a minute.
One can imagine what surprising gems are hidden in such a crush of images. And for Amanda Lucidon, her new book Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer is a chance to share some of those previously unpublished photos.
Lucidon took a break from her book tour to speak with National Geographic about her time in the White House—and how it started with a surprise call from White House photographer Pete Souza.
I was pretty sure [Souza] had the wrong number.