FORMER WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER AMANDA LUCIDON TO PUBLISH COLLECTION OF VIBRANT PHOTOGRAPHS OF MICHELLE OBAMA IN DELUXE NEW BOOK
(New York, NY—July 11, 2017)—Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, announced today that it will publish a new book by former White House photographer Amanda Lucidon. CHASING LIGHT: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer is a striking and intimate collection of 150 color photographs—many never before seen—along with personal reflections and stories from Official White House Photographer (2013–2017) Amanda Lucidon, the only female photographer during her time in the Obama White House. North American print and digital rights to CHASING LIGHT were acquired by Ten Speed Press Editor Kaitlin Ketchum from Rachel Vogel at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.
Michelle Obama is one of the most admired First Ladies in our country’s history, known for her grace, spirit, and beauty, as well as for the amazing work she did during her tenure to promote girls’ education, combat childhood obesity, and support military families. In CHASING LIGHT, Amanda Lucidon shares a rare insider’s perspective, from documenting life at the White House to covering domestic and overseas travel.
CHASING LIGHT is a candid celebration of Michelle Obama. As one of the White House photographers responsible for documenting the First Family, Amanda spent four years traveling to twenty countries. During this time, Mrs. Obama became a role model to Amanda, who has since been inspired to share her own life story when she speaks with students about the power of art, education, and mentorship. “Mrs. Obama is a source of light and inspiration in my life,” says Amanda. “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.”
About the Author
AMANDA LUCIDON is an award-winning documentarian, filmmaker, and former freelance New York Times photographer who served as one of the White House photographers responsible for photographing First Lady Michelle Obama from 2013 to 2017. She is one of only a few female White House photographers in history and was the only woman photographer during her time in the Obama White House. Amanda attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she studied communications media and journalism; she also studied photography at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Amanda’s work has been honored by Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism, and the White House News Photographers Association, among others. She is currently a photographer, filmmaker, and public speaker based in Washington, D.C.
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