Area photographer to discuss book on former first lady in public presentation


A photographer with local ties has released a book documenting former first lady Michelle Obama’s time in the White House, the Philly Voice reports. Next week, she’ll discuss her book and photography at a local university.

Amanda Lucidon, a native of Warrington, Bucks County, recently published “Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer.” The book was launched last October, when it was published by Ten Speed Press.

On Monday, January 22, Lucidon will share her book in a discussion open to the general public. The presentation will take place at Temple University’s Paley Library at 6 p.m. At the event, guests can ask questions regarding the photographer’s work. A book signing will follow.

A display of 10 of the book’s photographs is also currently on exhibit at Temple University’s library. The public may view the photos through Tuesday.

Lucidon, 38, one of four former White House staff photographers, began her career documenting Michelle Obama in 2013. She chronicled the former first lady’s initiatives and captured candid moments between Michelle, former president Barack Obama and their two children, Sasha and Malia. Nearly 150 of Lucidon’s photographs from her White House assignment are shared in her new book.

Lucidon told the Philly Voice that she intended for the book to be “intimate and candid and make you feel a certain way.”

In the book, Lucidon presents an account of the former first lady’s life during Barack Obama’s presidency. Photos include quiet, intimate moments shared by Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as everyday moments like playing with White House pets and doing yoga with a group of children.

Many of the former first lady’s duties required her to travel, both domestically and abroad. During those travels, Lucidon was often the only White House staff photographer to accompany Michelle Obama, the Philly Voice reports. Lucidon captured many impromptu portraits of the first lady on her travels, including a few in China. In one photo, Michelle Obama is hugging her two daughters while standing atop the Great Wall. In another, she is riding a traditional Chinese toboggan.

One thing you won’t see in Lucidon’s book, though, is a lot of shots of the first lady giving speeches. The only one that was included was of Michelle Obama standing at the podium with her shoes off, her toenails painted blue. That one was just for the “element of surprise,” the Philly Voice reports.