Posted January 16, 2018

Former White House photographer to visit Temple

Amanda Lucidon, an author who served as a White House photographer assigned to Michelle Obama, will lecture at Temple Jan. 22 about her work and the importance of art education.

Photos of Michelle Obama on display at Paley Library
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Amanda Lucidon (photos pictured) / Ryan S. Brandenberg
To celebrate the release of her book, “Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer,” author and photographer Amanda Lucidon will visit Temple Jan. 22 for a lecture. Lucidon’s photos are on display at Paley Library.
A former White House photographer who was the only female photographer during her time in the Obama White House will visit Temple next week to talk about her experiences.
Amanda Lucidon, author of Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer, will visit campus Jan. 22 as part of an exhibition at Paley Library featuring her photos of the former first lady. She will discuss the importance of art education, her work at the White House and her experience being the only female photographer on staff during President Obama’s second term.
Lucidon served as one of the White House photographers responsible for photographing Michelle Obama from 2013 to 2017. During her time in the White House, she captured thousands of photos of the first lady and her family, including many she took while traveling to more than 20 countries with them.
The exhibition at Paley features 10 photographs from Lucidon’s recently published book. The book displays a collection of striking and intimate photographs of Michelle Obama—many never before seen—coupled with Lucidon’s personal reflections and behind-the-scenes stories. 
“Mrs. Obama is a source of light and inspiration in my life,” Lucidon said. “She was a mentor to me and so many people around the world. The work she has done with young people, especially girls and underserved youth, has helped me realize that I want to spend my life helping others reach their fullest potential.”
Lucidon’s work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association and the White House News Photographers Association, among others.
The exhibit will be on display on the first floor of Paley Library until Jan. 23.