Pulitzer Prize Portfolio
David Hume Kennerly has been documenting history with his camera for fifty years. He was awarded the 1972 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Feature Photography for a portfolio of eleven images that he created throughout 1971. The winning collection of images was diverse and far-ranging. They included photographs of the wars in Vietnam, Cambodia and East Pakistan, as well as “The Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in New York City.
Until now the complete collection of photographic prints that earned Kennerly the Pulitzer has not been seen together since the set was submitted to the Pulitzer committee by United Press International. That was in part because UPI, for whom Kennerly worked in 1971, changed hands many times. Some negatives were lost or misplaced in the process, including three of Kennerly’s Pulitzer Prize-winning images. This portfolio exists today only because of the extensive preservation and organization work Kennerly did to prepare his archive for its 2018 acquisition by the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. The full story of how the set was restored, “My Pulitzer Moment,” is included inside the portfolio.
The David Hume Kennerly Pulitzer Prize portfolio has been made in a limited edition of fifty. Images are pigment printed on Hahnemuhle Glossy Fine Art Baryta 325 gsm paper. Each print is personally signed and numbered on the front by Kennerly. The verso of each print is laser-etched with the name of the portfolio, each print’s edition number, and a description of the individual image. The portfolio is housed in a hand-crafted 20.5"x16.25"x1" silk box, and embossed on the front with the title and photographer’s signature.
IN THE BOX
* The eleven prints that won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Feature Photography. 16” x 20”
* A photograph of Kennerly taken on the battlefield in Vietnam the day after Kennerly learned that he won the award. Photo by Dirck Halstead. 11"x14"
* A replica of Kennerly’s Pulitzer Prize certificate.
* David Hume Kennerly’s “My Pulitzer Moment”, his personal recollections of events surrounding his receipt of this honor and the challenges he faced to create this portfolio.
* An authenticating insert providing information about each image.