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 Pete Souza - Obama: An Intimate Portrait 

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:00pm
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Presented by Bookshop Santa Cruz

About The Event:

Bookshop Santa Cruz presents an evening with Pete Souza, official White House Photographer for President Barack Obama. During this event, co-sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz Arts Division, Pete Souza will showcase his award-winning photographs and describe what it was like to be with the President during so many crucial moments of his presidency.

The best day of Barack Obama’s presidency. The worst day. Everyday moments of fatherhood and friendship alongside the singular moments of presidential power. Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza was there next to the president, capturing it all—nearly 2 million photographs in total. OBAMA: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT includes a foreword by President Obama, in which he writes, “Over those eight years, Pete became more than my photographer—he became a friend, a confidant, and a brother.”

Souza’s photographs tell the true story of the presidency, from moments behind the scenes at the inauguration to negotiations with foreign leaders and encounters with ordinary citizens. They appear in chronological order, paired with captions to provide context and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. No matter which side of the aisle you sit on, OBAMA: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT is an essential historical document, a glimpse into life and work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Of his time at the White House, Pete writes, “I have had the extraordinary privilege of being the man in the room for eight years, visually documenting President Obama for history. This book is the result of that effort; I gave it my all. I hope that the chronological photographs that follow, accompanied by my words, will show you the true character of this man and the essence of his Presidency, as seen through my eyes and felt through my heart.”

Important Ticketing Information: 

  • General Admission (first come, first served) Tickets are $62.00 and include a copy of OBAMA: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT which comes with a bookplate signed by Pete Souza.  Bookplates will be available at the event.
  • A "Guest" seat ticket may also be purchased for $15.00. These are available only in conjunction with a full ($62.00) ticket purchase. "Guest" seat tickets do not include the book, but grants entry into the event. Limit one "Guest" Ticket per full-price ticket.
  • The book can be picked up with your physical ticket at Bookshop Santa Cruz anytime prior to the event or at the Civic Auditorium on the night of the event. Please note—you must have a physical ticket (not an invoice or email confirmation) to pick up your book. 

Advance sales end 2 hours prior to event.  Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door.
ID required to claim Will Call tickets. If you choose to have your tickets mailed & you do not receive them, please contact the Civic Box Office prior to the day of show.
No refunds or exchanges.

Wheelchair Accessible and Accessible Companion seats are available in floor seating.  If you need accessibility accommodations please email us or call during business hours, Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, at 831-420-5260.
Tickets are subject to service charge which is included in the Grand Total in the Shopping Cart (after seats are selected).

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