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This program is being offered both in person at ICP, located on NYC's Lower East Side, and online. Tickets to attend the conversation in person are $5 and do not include access to ICP’s galleries. Online tickets to watch the livestream are available for free.

Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer and the Director of the White House photo office during President Obama’s two-term administration and the Official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan, is joined by award-winning documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter for a conversation at ICP highlighting Souza’s impactful career documenting the most powerful men in the United States and his role shaping and re-telling history through his photobook projects. Porter and Souza will discuss Porter’s film “The Way I See It,” which looked at Souza’s role in both presidential administrations as well as his transformation into vocal social commentary, in addition to Souza’s books and expanding archives.

About the Series

The Naomi Rosenblum ICP Talks Photographer’s Lecture Series presents one-hour live events featuring scholars and curators in conversation with renowned photographers who champion social change through photography, employ exciting alternative and emerging practices, or ask critical questions about the form. This year’s Spring Season includes Teju Cole (March 11), Pete Souza with Dawn Porter (March 20), Christina Fernandez with Katherine Bussard (April 3), and Shirin Neshat with Marina Abramovic and Joan Jonas (April 30).

Recent participants in ICP Talks include Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Pacifico Silano, Farah Al Qasimi, Shala Miller, Sunil Gupta, Muriel Hasbun, Clifford Prince King, and Catherine Opie.

Current ICP students and faculty of the One-Year Certificate Programs are automatically enrolled and invited to attend all lectures.

The 2023-2024 Naomi Rosenblum ICP Talks Photographer Lecture Series is made possible through generous support from the Rosenblum Family. Naomi Rosenblum (1925–2021) was a leading historian of photography and a collector; her collection is celebrated in the publication A Humanist Vision: The Naomi Rosenblum Family Collection.

About the Speakers

Pete Souza is a best-selling author, speaker and freelance photographer currently based in Illinois. For all eight years of the Obama administration, Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer and the Director of the White House photo office. He is also Professor Emeritus of Visual Communication at Ohio University. In 2020, Souza was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame.

Dawn Porter is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on ESPN, Netflix, HBO, PBS, and Discovery. In 2023, her newest film, The Lady Bird Diaries, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. The groundbreaking, all-archival documentary about Lady Bird Johnson reveals a complex portrait of one of the most influential and least understood First Ladies. Porter’s four-part ESPN documentary series 37 Words premiered in June 2022 and examines landmark civil rights legislation that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any educational institution that receives federal funding, and gave women the equal opportunity to play sports. 


Image: Pete Souza