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Arun Chaudhary: The White House Videographer (PHOTOS)

09/12/2012 03:02 pm ET | Updated Nov 12, 2012

From the early months of the 2008 campaign, and through the first two and a half years of the Obama administration, I had a unique perspective on the President of the United States. I felt sort of like President Obama's wedding videographer if every day was a wedding with the same groom, but a constantly rotating set of hysterical guests.

Although I had the privilege of being the first ever Official White House videographer, documenting the behind-the-scenes goings on of our Presidency, it wasn't until I left the administration last year that I had a chance to fully explore what it meant to be at the nexus of art, politics and media - the result of which is my book, "First Cameraman: Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time" (Times Books, $30).

Film and politics have been intertwined ever since the first Edison reels rattled in projection halls a century ago. But with the advent of new technologies and a new public that is hungry for images of their leaders, I was in the right place at the right time to observe the interplay of film and politics at the very highest level during these historic and challenging times.

The Life of a White House Videographer