David Hume Kennerly Blog

Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford

By David Hume Kennerly | Mar 8, 2019

On March 26, 2019 an exhibition of my photos will open at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is the first-ever show of my time as President Ford’s chief White House photographer and is a vivid comparison between then and how things are now.  If you are old enough to […] Read More

Jonestown, a Personal Recollection

By David Hume Kennerly | Nov 19, 2018

Story and Photographs by David Hume KennerlyJONESTOWN — 1978: TIME cover by David Hume Kennerly Some anniversaries should be remembered, others you would rather forget. This one cuts both ways. Forty years ago on November 18, 1978, in a place carved out of a remote jungle in Guyana, over 900 people were murdered or committed […] Read More

David Hume Kennerly named University of Arizona’s First Presidential Scholar

By Rebecca Kennerly | Oct 4, 2018

Prolific political photographer David Hume Kennerly has been appointed as the first University of Arizona presidential scholar by President Robert Robbins, the school announced Tuesday. Kennerly won the Pulitzer Prize at 25 for his documentation of the Vietnam War and served as chief White House photographer for President Gerald Ford, among many other titles. The […] Read More

2016: A Campaign Like No Other

By David Hume Kennerly | May 11, 2017

I have photographed every presidential campaign since 1968.  Twelve of them.  The only one I didn’t cover was the election of 1972 when I was in Vietnam photographing the war. [Click below to view my Pulitzer Prize Portfolio, which includes many photos from Vietnam] My fifty years of coverage doesn’t make me an expert on […] Read More

Kennerly Archive

News from the David Hume Kennerly Archive

By Rebecca Kennerly | May 4, 2017

This month marks the two-year anniversary of our full-time push to turn David’s extraordinary collection of images documenting 50 years of American and world history and culture in to a living archive.  My husband, David and I, made the commitment in May of 2015 to focus our full attention and resources to this mammoth project.  […] Read More

Introduction of Kennerly Archive Project Archivist, Randa Cardwell

By David Hume Kennerly | Nov 1, 2016

Progress Report from the Kennerly Archive We are so fortunate to have been able to bring Randa Cardwell on to the Kennerly Archive team last year – a team that now numbers three, counting Rebecca, Randa and myself.  Randa graduated from UCLA with a Masters in Library and Information Sciences, with a subspecialty in digital […] Read More

Excited to see some of my creative work on display at Getty Images — even in an election year!

By David Hume Kennerly | Oct 15, 2016

The World Squared: A quirky little series looking at the world through the iPhone lens. View the collection on Getty Images: http://www.gettyimages.com/search/sets/yc_U48dMbU29embxmvICkQ#license

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It Started With A Flood In The Basement

By Rebecca Kennerly | Oct 13, 2016

(image above is not the Kennerlys, but illustrate the dilemma) Most photo collections don’t start with a flood; they end that way. And, of course, the David Hume Kennerly collection didn’t actually start with the flood, but my role in it did. At the time of the flood, David and I had been married for less […] Read More

A Pulitzer Story

By David Hume Kennerly | Sep 2, 2016

View Pulitzer Prize Portfolio The big announcement in the spring of 1972 came via a telex message to the United Press International office in Saigon where I was the photo bureau chief.  It read:  “01170 Saigon-Kennerly has won Pulitzer for Feature Photography, which brings congrats from all here. Now need effort some quotes from him […] Read More

I was on the scene for the first #G7Summit in Puerto Rico in 1976. The leaders, (L-R), French Pres. d’Estaing, German Chancellor Schmidt, Japanese PM Miki, U.S. Pres. Ford, British PM Callaghan, Canadian PM Trudeau, and Italian PM Moro. These leaders all got along, and pulled on the same end of the rope as one. The latest G7 is happening now in France, and everyone is not getting along... ...

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Cal senior @j_kennerly delivers his talk on Agrarian Transformation in a Chinese ‘Deep Poverty County” at @ucberkeley after completing his Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in Sichuan Province in the PRC. He shared his Anthropological work with fellow recipients of the award in LeConte Hall on campus today. #ucberkeley #cal ...

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Our boy @j_kennerly tonight in #berkeley Tomorrow he will be giving a talk at #ucberkeley entitled, “Land, Work, and Race: Agrarian Transformation in a Chinese ‘Deep Poverty County.’” James spent almost three months in the outer reaches of #sichuan as a recipient of a UC Berkeley Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and will be sharing the experience with fellow recipients of the award, (and his parents!). ...

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Four years ago today @nickkennerly entertained Syrian #refugee kids at Za'atari Camp near the Syrian border. The settlement held close to 90,000 refugees and opened seven years ago to accommodate civilians fleeing the fighting. They loved Nick and he was glad to bring them some musical joy. #canonusa ...

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Two years ago today in #oregon I photographed one of the most amazing sights—a total eclipse of the sun. I used my Canon 5dsr with an 800mm lens + an extender making it 1200mm. The results were awesome. #canonusa #monmouthoregon ...

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A #giantswallowtail #butterfly today reflected in a window. #losangeles #reflections #beautiful #iphonexs ...

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Who, me? Lucy awaits the intruder. #dog #attackdog #dangerous #beware ...

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Dramatic #tree in front of a #gregoryain house in #marvista #losangeles today ...

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Tree, er, cactus hugging @j_kennerly and his brother @nickkennerly in #losangeles ...

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Bonding over #cashews with my favorite #squirrel today in #santamonica #iphonex ...

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Sunset over the Pacific today somewhere between #newzealand and the United States. #noir ...

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Flying from #kerikeri to #auckland #newzealand today on #airnewzealand shot this with #hyperlapse ...

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Beautiful #sunset in northern #newzealand #bayofislands #kauricliffs ...

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My new favorite bird: a Fantail. You can see how they got their name. These little guys are fun to watch as they fly and dart erratically chasing bugs. They are hard to photograph because they rarely sit still, but I managed. #canonusa #birds #fantails ...

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The #newzealand #pigeon or #kereru is one big bird! It can weigh up to two pounds. Spotted this one at #kauricliffs #canonusa ...

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Early morning view from the lodge at #kauricliffs above #matauribay here in #newzealand #canonusa ...

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First time seeing a #pukeo — a #newzealand kind of birdie! #canonusa ...

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Forty five years ago on Aug. 9, 1974, Gerald R. Ford became president, replacing Richard Nixon who resigned in disgrace. Moments after assuming office Ford declared, "Our long national nightmare is over." A decent and caring man had come to power, and a nation breathed a sigh of relief. His ascension to the highest office in the land changed my life also after he appointed me to be his chief White House photographer. During the course of his presidency I had the privilege to document one of the finest people ever to hold that office. We need another one like him. #history #thepresidency #hero ...

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Just before sunset at #kauricliffs #matauribay #newzealand today ...

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