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Hope, Never Fear

Hope, Never Fear

A Personal Portrait of the Obamas by Callie Shell


The Book

Award-winning photographer Callie Shell presents an intimate and moving portrait of Barack and Michelle Obama and the presidency that made history. 

This unique look behind the curtains follows the journey from the Obama’s family home in Chicago to the most powerful house in our nation with a collection of over one hundred photographs, each combined with inspiring and revealing quotations from Michelle and Barack that reveal their warmth, compassion, and unending commitment to service. 

With an in-depth introduction by Shell, together with notes drawn from the detailed diaries she kept during her time with the Obamas, this is an affecting and deeply personal insight into this extraordinary couple who inspired and empowered millions of people around the world.

I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid. You hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope; never fear.
— Michelle Obama

The Photographer

Callie Shell has worked as a photographer for CNN since 2015 and Time magazine since 2001. She first photographed Barack Obama in 2004 before he was elected to the United States Senate, following him into the White House as the forty-fourth president of the United States.

Shell documented the historic campaign, election, and presidency from a unique personal and private perspective. Her photographs have garnered many awards, including recognition from World Press Photo.

She previously served eight years as the official photographer for Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton administration and was a staff photographer at the Pittsburgh Press, USA Today, and the Tennessean. Her work has been published, exhibited, and collected in magazines, books, and galleries throughout the world.

She lives on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, with her son and husband.