Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, if you’re a lover of photography, like many of us are here at Shutterstock, we can all agree on one thing: There have been some extraordinary images released over the White House Flickr feed these last four years. With the 2012 Presidential Election right around the corner, we decided to take a look back at some of the most striking moments captured by White House photographers. Our Curator, Elizabeth Lapp, picked some of her favorites.
This collection should not be read as a political statement of any kind; we’re simply expressing our appreciation for the amazing images we’ve witnessed.

We couldn’t resist this candid of the President turning the photographic tables.

Riding in style, the President boards Marine One. The reflection on the slick tarmac makes for a striking symmetry.

The iconic picture from President Obama’s first term; the team watches from the Situation Room as Osama bin Laden’s compound gets raided. The photo captures the tension of the high-stakes moment.

The First Couple see their guests to the door of the White House. The use of color feels hyperreal.

This black and white still emphasizes the serious expression on President Obama’s face upon hearing of the Aurora, Colorado, shootings in July.

Members of the President’s staff listen on as he delivers remarks during the NATO Summit in May. We love this picture’s lines, textures, and color.

Two presidents share wisdom and insight from their times as commanders in chief. We appreciate the timing of the snap that captured this moment.

A painted sky greets the President as he boards Air Force One.

A rare glimpse into the private life of one of the world’s most public families.

The First Lady awaits an introduction with quiet composure. The intimacy of this image is arresting.

An over-the-shoulder look at an in-focus crowd. The fuzzy foreground creates a sense of depth and perspective.

The President kicks back before a reception in this uncommonly casual moment.

The President maintains laser-sharp focus during a meeting with senior advisers.

First Dog Bo Obama sits pretty in the West Garden Room of the White House. The lighting and framing are surreal. Adorable.

President Obama strides into the blinding daylight.

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