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Please note that on Saturday, June 22, 2024, the Amerikahaus will be closed due to construction work for the Munich Film Festival. Please note that our exhibition will only be accessible to a limited extent from June 24 to July 8, 2024, due to construction work for the film festival. Thank you very much for your understanding!

Barack and Michelle Obama on the campaign trail outside Derry, NH January 8, 2008

"Hope, Never Fear": A Personal Portrait of the Obamas / Photography by Callie Shell

Sunday, October 13, 2019, until Sunday, March 1, 2020

Award-winning photographer Callie Shell presents an intimate portrait of Barack and Michelle Obama and the guiding principles that defined their time in the White House. While documenting the journey from the Obama's family home in Chicago to the most powerful house in the United States, Shell and the Obamas became friends, swapping stories about their families and sharing tips for coping with life on the road.

66 compelling photographs from behind the scenes, including many previously unpublished, are paired with insightful quotes from Michelle and Barack that reveal their warmth, compassion, and unending commitment to service. Shell’s works are an affecting, deeply personal insight into an extraordinary couple who energized and empowered millions of people around the world.

Photo: Callie Shell / Elisabeth Sandmann Verlag

Photographer Callie Shell

Callie Shell is a World Press Photo Award–winning photographer whose work has appeared in magazines, books, galleries, and museums throughout the world. She has covered five presidential campaigns, served for eight years as the official photographer for Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton administration, and spent over 10 years capturing images leading up to and chronicling Barack Obama's presidency. She lives in South Carolina.

Award-winning photographer Callie Shell documented the life of Barack Obama before he was a Senator. She accompanied him, his wife Michelle and his children in campaign buses across America and to the White House in Washington. On this trip she became a close confidante of the whole family. The pictures, some of which are published for the first time, reflect this familiarity - they are touching and deeply personal. Callie Shell's iconic photographs reveal the lives of an extraordinary couple who have inspired and encouraged millions of people around the world.

Part two of Callie Shell's interview to "Hope, Never Fear": A Personal Portrait of the Obamas / Photography by Callie Shell

Admission is free.

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - Sunday, March 1, 2020

Monday to Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p. m.

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Amerikahaus - Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

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