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“Arun was New Media? I always assumed he was CIA!” ―David Axelrod, Former Senior Advisor to President Obama and Senior Strategist, Obama for America
“With grace and good humor, Chaudhary weaves together his recollections of the Obama campaign and the White House with the theory and history of film in American politics. But you might not realize how much you're learning, because you're having too much fun.” ―Richard Ben Cramer, author of What It Takes and Joe DiMaggio
“So interesting to finally learn what whatshisname's job actually was, I used to just ask him if he knew where the president went.” ―Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the City of Chicago and Former White House Chief of Staff
“First Cameraman tells a refreshing story about American politics―it’s that what you see is what you get. What the camera saw in Barack Obama in 2008 is what the cameraman himself discovered off-camera. Wow!”” ―Chris Matthews, Host of Hardball and The Chris Matthews Show and bestselling author of Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero
“If John F. Kennedy was the first television president, then Barack Obama is the first YouTube president―and Arun Chaudhary, the first first videographer, captured the images that mark a seismic shift in the way American politics is practiced.” ―Dee Dee Myers, former White House Press Secretary and author of Why Women Should Rule the World
Arun Chaudhary served as the first official White House videographer from 2009 to 2011 and was also a key member of Obama's new media team during the 2008 campaign. He previously worked in film in New York and was a member of the NYU Graduate Film Department faculty. He received his MFA in filmmaking from NYU and his BA in film theory from Cornell University. Chaudhary has been profiled by The New York Times, the BBC, National Journal, Politico, Fortune, and many political websites. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.
I'm the type of person more likely to watch a film, than to make one. While interesting, this novel was somewhat boring. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Kate
This book was disappointing to me, but I suspect that was because it didn't fit my preconceived notions of what it was about? Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by James R. Holland
I loved this book, a behind the scene documentation of the President's life as seen through the cameraman. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Angelsbreath7
Interesting book about the realities of videographing President Obama 24/7, but too much time spent talking about all the decisions Arun had to make, as if he was the most... Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by cbb6561
"First Cameraman" is a confusion of language that masks major faults that the book reveals. Much is made of the importance of sound in the recordings but little is made of the... Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by Robert Kiger