‘The Way I See It’ Trailer Reveals Two Presidents through One Lens

Photo courtesy of Focus Features


By Pat Mullen

See two American Presidents through the lens of one photographer in The Way I See It. The new documentary reflects upon the career of acclaimed photographer Pete Souza, whose camera twice took the world behind the scenes of the White House. Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer during Barack Obama’s administration and the official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan. This new film from director Dawn Porter, who is having quite a year following the current release John Lewis: Good Trouble, adapts Souza’s book The Way I See It to the screen and explores the photographer’s work in the White House and career as a photojournalist and political commentator. Porter also chronicled the life of an American figure in the acclaimed mini-series Bobby Kennedy for President.

Focus Features debuted today the first trailer and poster for The Way I See It, which will be released in September. The Way I See It is produced by Evan Hayes, who won an Oscar for Free Solo, along with Academy Award winner Laura Dern, one of Free Solo’s biggest champions on the circuit. Dern is producing the film with Jayme Lemons under their new label Jaywalker Pictures. The film is among the official selections for this year’s Telluride Film Festival, which were released over the weekend following the festival’s cancellation earlier this summer.

Synopsis: Based on the New York Times #1 bestseller comes The Way I See It, an unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of the most iconic Presidents in American History, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, as seen through the eyes of renowned photographer Pete Souza. As Official White House Photographer, Souza was an eyewitness to the unique and tremendous responsibilities of being the most powerful person on Earth. The movie reveals how Souza transforms from a respected photojournalist to a searing commentator on the issues we face as a country and a people.