In this April 21, 2011 photograph released by the White House, President Barack Obama jokingly pretends to tape White House Videographer Arun Chaudhary backstage before a town hall meeting at ElectraTherm, Inc. in Reno, Nevada. The picture made it to the ‘Photo of the Day’ on the official White House website.
Indian American Chaudhary, it may be said, has a rather enviable job documenting American history as the Official White House videographer, who travels extensively with President Obama capturing public events and behind-the-scenes moments.
Chaudhary was a key member of Barack Obama’s New Media team during the 2008 presidential campaign. As the New Media Road Director, Chaudhary oversaw the team responsible for capturing the day-to-day life of the future president in video and stills. He and his team set a new standard in documenting history, delivering crucial images to the public from the road in real time.
Before joining the Obama team, Chaudhary worked in fiction film in New York as a writer, director, location sound recordist, post-production sound designer, and film critic. For five years, he was part of the NYU Graduate Film Department.
In a profile on Chaudhary the New York Times had in the past said Chaudhary, who is the first person to hold the job, travels with the President on roughly two-thirds of his trips, documenting the behind-the-scenes occasions and public theatrics.
“Arun’s a very cool guy, though I have to tell him to get a haircut every once in a while,” Obama was quoted as saying by NYT.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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