Explore Obama’s presidency via this White House photographer's Instagram account

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 6.49.52 PM

Photo by Pete Souza

It’s easy to assume Instagram is simply a place for food pics and post-workout selfies, but Pete Souza is using the social media platform for a more historic purpose. As the Chief Official White House Photographer, Souza has an enormous amount of access to the inner workings of the White House and he’s got a great eye for catching small details, which he shares on his Instagram feed.

"President Obama on the White House colonnade today." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"President Obama on the White House colonnade today." By Pete Souza via Instagram

aa

The President hugs Rep. John Lewis on Saturday in Selma." By Pete Souza via Instagram

By Pete Souza via Instagram

By Pete Souza via Instagram

Since Souza travels with the President, his feed offers an inside look at Obama's ever-changing schedule, which includes everything from diplomatic ceremonies in India to trips on Airforce One to town hall meetings. Not only is Souza a great photographer, he’s also a great storyteller, and his feed documents both the pageantry and the minutiae of the presidency.

"President Obama tosses petals following a wreath laying at Rajghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi, India." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"President Obama tosses petals following a wreath laying at Rajghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi, India." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"POTUS boards Air Force One. En route to San Francisco." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"POTUS boards Air Force One. En route to San Francisco." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"President Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha shop for Christmas gifts at Politics and Prose, a bookstore in Washington, DC on #SmallBizSat" By Pete Souza via Instagram

"President Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha shop for Christmas gifts at Politics and Prose, a bookstore in Washington, DC on #SmallBizSat" By Pete Souza via Instagram

"Backstage at Stanford University. Yes he did sign it." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"Backstage at Stanford University. Yes he did sign it." By Pete Souza via Instagram

And for those who've come to rely on Instagram for cute pet photos, Souza provides plenty of shots of the Obama family's adorable dogs too.

"Bo and Sunny hanging out on the colonnade." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"Bo and Sunny hanging out on the colonnade." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"Bo and Sunny in the Rose Garden." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"Bo and Sunny in the Rose Garden." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"Bo and potus." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"Bo and potus." By Pete Souza via Instagram

Plus there's this:

"President Obama holds a koala before the start of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia." By Pete Souza via Instagram

"President Obama holds a koala before the start of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia." By Pete Souza via Instagram

Follow Pete Souza on Instagram here.

Start the discussion at bbs.boingboing.net