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Lawrence Jackson, an official photographer for the Obama family during their time in the White House, has shared a series of candid photos.
The images have been shared to coincide with the release of Jackson’s book, ‘Yes We Did’, which features a series of candid, behind-the-scenes photographs of Obamas, together with a foreword by former US President Barack himself.
The book is available to buy from Amazon.
Jackson, who began working as a White House photographer in early 2009, the year of Barack’s inauguration, told US publication PEOPLE: “There were times, like when [President Obama] gave the remark on Trayvon Martin or he talked about the South Carolina church shooting, whenever he talked about race relations, like his 50th anniversary speech in Selma, those moments were always personal to me.
“It’s not like I took pictures any differently. But they had more resonance for me personally because, being African American, I’m a part of that.”
“In the book I talk about how there were moments where my thoughts were kind of jumbled in my head,” Jackson added. “Then he would give a speech and it would be what I was thinking. I’ve always appreciated him for that.”
The sweet, never-before-seen photos include scenes of then-First Lady Michelle practising lines for a speech with daughters Sasha and Malia; and playful interactions between Michelle and Barack.
There is also a foreword from Barack himself.
“Lawrence has a talent for capturing the big scene, the iconic images that will help explain our times for future generations,” he writes in the foreword.
“But he also has a unique gift for capturing those quieter moments—the margins of a big event, the pauses in a busy day, some stolen times with Michelle and our girls.”