Obama — the early years

L.A. Gallery debuts pictures of "Barry" Obama's freshman year

The M+B gallery is presenting Barack Obama: The Freshman—a series of black and white photographs of the President in his first year at college. The dozens of pictures were taken by Lisa Jack, then a photography student at Occidental College. This marks the first time they have ever been printed and displayed. Obama has said his time at “Oxy” was confusing and full of soul searching, as he struggled to choose a direction in life. Jack says that although the 1980 photo-shoot started awkwardly, the pictures ended up showing a confident and charismatic student.


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