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The Girl with the Cap Gun and ‘Tude

By David Hume Kennerly | May 28, 2020

One of the true joys of having the time to go back through my archives at a more leisurely pace is uncovering the occasional gem that was hiding away.  In this case one that has been unseen for over 50 years. I took this in my Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood in 1969, a place that […] Read More

Creating an Archive and Thank You

By Rebecca Kennerly | Oct 15, 2019

I first met David Hume Kennerly in 1993. A year later, we were married in Hanoi, Vietnam on March 30, 1994. About two weeks after we met, David asked me to look at images he was considering including in his 1995 book, Photo Op. My dad and uncle were both photographers, so I was intrigued. […] Read More

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

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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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A stenciled tribute to #georgefloyd today in #losangeles #blm @cntrforcreativephoto #centerforcreativephotography ...

52 years ago tomorrow Senator Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Three days earlier on June 2, 1968, he appeared at a rally in the same hotel at the famous Cocoanut Grove nightclub, and I was there to cover the story. I was also in the ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel as he gave his speech celebrating winning the California Primary. After he left the stage he was gunned down, and died of his injuries two days later. RFK is why I got into political photography. @rfkhumanrights #rfk @cntrforcreativephoto #greatpeople #centerforcreativephotography #zelig ...

Pres. Trump's former Sec. of Defense James Mattis unleashed a broadside against his old boss today saying, "Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us." Mattis didn't stop there, he went on to say, "We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership . . ." I took this photo of them at the commissioning of the aircraft carrier the USS Gerald R. Ford in Norfolk in 2017. President Ford, and I say this with certainty, would have agreed with Mattis. #geraldrford ...

Birds of different feather fly together at #malibulagoon #royalterns and #pelicans #malibu @canonusa #canonusa #5dsr #100to400mm #differenttogether @cntrforcreativephoto #centerforcreativephotography ...

Grim graffiti in #santamonica #georgefloyd #blm @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Rubber bullet. Picked up on a #santamonica street this morning, a souvenir from yesterday's protest. The patent number is clearly stamped on its front, PAT #5086703. I looked it up: "Ammunition for a riot gun with a projectile of universal application. The projectile has a fluted end, with an internal cavity, which permits varied sleeves with a fluted throughbore to be used with varied nose inserts to define the type of ammunition desired, for example, a non-shattering flat nose shatterable ceramic cover tear gas nose, or the like. The projectile, sleeve and nose are insertable into a shell casing with a projectile propellant." There you are. Ouch. @cntrforcreativephoto #excessiveforce #blacklivesmatter #georgefloyd ...

National Guard soldiers block the street at Ocean and Colorado this morning after yesterday’s protest and looting in #santamonica @cntrforcreativephoto #blacklivesmatter #georgefloyd ...

Aftermath. Clean-up volunteers walk by graffiti this morning in #santamonica after yesterday's looting. A small group of methodical criminals who had nothing to do with the #georgefloyd killing protest broke into stores as the much larger group peacefully protested. @cntrforcreativephoto #blacklivesmatter ...

Cloud and sign on the I-5 near Weed, CA @cntrforcreativephoto ...

1968. San Francisco State College demonstrator arrested. A picture I took when I was 21. The more things change, the more they stay the same. @cntrforcreativephoto ...

A year ago today Lonnie Bunch III was named to head the @smithsonian the first African American to achieve that honor, and the 14th person ever. Lonnie was the founding director of the @nmaahc and that's where I photographed him in 2016 for @bankofamerica a major sponsor of the museum. Lonnie, you are the best, congrats on your first anniversary! @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Time to brighten up my #instagram @cntrforcreativephoto #flowers #pink #centerforcreativephotography ...

Which way? Eleven years ago today, Zuma Beach. Early #Hipstamatic @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Mt. Shasta today taken near Weed (CA)Airport #shasta #weed ...

On this #memorialday2020 Remembering those who served, but particularly the ones who didn't make it out alive. I took this of an American GI in Vietnam in 1972. He was out there putting his ass on the line, not back in New York City riding around in his daddy's limo. @cntrforcreativephoto #centerforcreativephotography @pulitzerprizes ...

Happy Birthday @nickkennerly — a thumbs up from this admiring lady in #hanoi in 2018, and from your loving family today! Rebecca Soladay Kennerly, Byron, and Jame, and I all wish you mazel tov, continued success, and kisses. Nick shares a birthday with fellow singer, composer, and writer #bobdylan This completes the May hat trick of The Kennerly Boyz's birthdays. @totallyeffnlost @j_kennerly ...

May 23. A #bumblebee loaded with pollen heads for a Lupin plant this afternoon. These guys are hard to shoot! Used the @canonusa #5dsr with the 100mm macro 2.8 lens. @cntrforcreativephoto #centerforcreativephotography #coosbay #oregon #lupin #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout ...

May 22. A train loaded with lumber heads east and a log truck heads west to the mill today on the North Spit of #coosbay in #northbend This is a scene reminiscent of my days growing up in #roseburgoregon “The Timber Capital of the Nation.” Taken with @canonusa #5dsr #100to400mm @cntrforcreativephoto #centerforcreativephotography #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout #logging #train #oregon ...

The official James Kennerly @j_kennerly with family graduation shot today in #coosbay #oregon With @nickkennerly Lucy Kennerly (representing Byron Kennerly @totallyeffnlost ), proud mom Rebecca Soladay Kennerly and proud dad. (Photo by Annie Brennan). Again, we congratulate our youngest son for a stellar performance at @ucberkeleyofficial where he exited with two undergrad degrees, and most likely will go for a masters, and maybe more. James rocks, we love you! #graduation2020 #centerforcreativephotography #proudparents ...

May 21. A Yellow-rumped #warbler on a Red Hot Poker plant at #shoreacresstatepark today. @cntrforcreativephoto #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout @canonusa Taken with #5dsr 100-400 at 400mm. #canonusa #centerforcreativephotography ...

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