Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 5 October 2018

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – former White House photographer Pete Souza’s Throw Shade, Then Vote exhibition opens in New York.

Also, last week featured Edward Burtynksy’s photos from Anthropocene. As well as being on show in Canada, these pictures will also be exhibited in New York next month at Howard Greenberg and Bryce Wolkowitz galleries. Lucky New Yorkers!

Exhibition & Book: New York

Pete Souza – Throw Shade, Then Vote

Pete Souza: “Departing Jamaica in 2015. In retrospect, maybe this photo symbolizes a time when the executive branch of our government didn’t discriminate against our sisters and brothers in the LGBTQ community.” July 27, 2017

The US is gearing up for the crucial midterm elections, so what better time to mount an exhibition of Pete Souza’s President Obama pictures along with his pithy commentary.

Whether you like Obama’s politics or not, these photographs reveal how genuine he was in his interaction with people from all walks of life. They also take aim at the Trump administration.

Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office from 2009-2017.

This exhibition features work that Souza posted on his Instagram account, where he  began a visual discussion designed to draw stark comparisons to the type of president Obama was compared to Trump. Souza now has around two million followers.

The exhibition’s title is Throw Shade, Then Vote. The word ‘shade’ in this context is defined as a clever way of belittling Trump without making an overt political statement.

For example, consider this picture below. As the New York Times reported its article on Souza, when Trump denied entry to Muslim immigrants and refugees in January last year, Souza posted a photo of former President Obama and a young refugee on Instagram. The post delivered a subtle dig known as throwing shade.


Souza, as the Times states, has become less subtle in his postings in recent times. In retort to Trump using the word “animals” to describe immigrants, Souza posted this picture below.

Zebras The exhibition is at Steven Kasher Gallery New York. Souza will be at the opening to sign books. There are also around 100 prints available, and it’s the first time Souza has offered his work for sale. I imagine these will be snapped up pretty quickly. These images below are some of the pictures on show complete with Souza’s commentary.

Pete Souza: “C-O-V-F…”May, 2017
Pete Souza: “The biggest crowd in history was really on January 20, 2009. HUGE!” January 21, 2017
Pete Souza: “Happy Valentine’s Day. Hug someone you love.” February 14, 2017
Pete Souza: “I can assure you, President Obama was not bragging to this Cub Scout, and the Boy Scouts who followed, about his electoral college victory.” July 14, 2017
Pete Souza: “Pretty sure Bo never leaked in the Oval Office. Believe me!” May 2018

Souza’s book “Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents” is slated for release later this month and features “tweets, headlines, quotes and other material from the first 500 days of the Trump administration.” The book is both a hoot and a horror story, but it is also an important contribution in this erratic period in American politics.

11 October to 18 December

Steven Kasher 515 West 26th Street, New York.

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