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The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside The Oval Office

Airs Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Pete Souza takes a photo of President Obama boarding Air Force One.

Credit: Courtesy of Erin Harvey ©NGT

Above: Pete Souza takes a photo of President Obama boarding Air Force One.

Pete Souza is never far behind President Obama. In fact, sometimes he’s ahead of him. As the president’s chief White House photographer, Souza is the president’s shadow.

Now, National Geographic and PBS follow Souza inside the Obama White House — aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union and into the heart of the West Wing.

It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency and a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world, for history.

Preview: The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside The Oval Office

"The President's Photographer" is the intimate story of the men and women who are both visual historians and key links between the public and the Presidents. This behind-the-scenes invitation features the images and recollections of the nine professionals who have served as official White House photographers.

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