Inauguration Night
Photograph by Pete Souza

National Geographic’s The President’s Photographer explores the perspective of the visual historians who capture both public and intimate moments in the lives of Presidents. Browse this gallery of the work of some of the photographers—and their subjects—featured in the program.
Here, President Obama and the First Lady share a private moment on a freight elevator in Washington’s convention center on the night of his inauguration in 2009. The photograph is considered by many to be one of photographer Pete Souza’s iconic images—so far.