White House’s Official Photographs of 2015: Shot on iPhone, Apple CEO Tim Cook Approves

President Barack Obama’s Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza, released his annual ‘Year on Instagram’ photograph collection on Monday.


Outdoor scenes at the White House. Source: Medium.

All 58 of the photographs selected from Souza’s Instagram account were shot on an iPhone, though the complete feed features images taken with Canon, Sony, Nikon and Leica cameras.


Exiting Air Force One

For this year’s ‘Year on Instagram’ selection, Souza decided to feature only square photos that had been taken on an iPhone, as the format is the photo-sharing site’s iconic feature.


Scenes on the White House colonnade. Source: Medium.

He shared in a Medium post,

“My approach to my Instagram feed continues to be all square photos are taken with an iPhone, and full-frame horizontals and verticals are taken with a DSLR (usually a Canon 5DMark3, but I’ve also posted some from Sony, Nikon and Leica cameras).”

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, clearly approved of Souza sanctioning of the iPhone’s camera, tweeting a response calling the photography “stunning.”

The selection features Obama and images shot around the White House’s grounds, Air Force One and seasonal events, using various techniques. More candid shots of Obama are to be released on Souza’s Instagram feed next week.


Alaska. Source: Medium.

Souza will soon release a ‘Year in Photos’ collection featuring images shot solely on DSLRs rather than iPhone, some of which have not been previously released.

To check out the White House’s ‘Year on Instagram’, head to Medium.