David Hume Kennerly Blog

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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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

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April 6. Keeping an eye on the #monarchbutterfly #chrysalis this morning, wet from the rain. Made for a good #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout pic! @totallyeffnlost @j_kennerly @nickkennerly #centerforcreativephotography #green ...

April 6. Off to an early start this rainy morning on my daily photo-a-day-during-the-plague #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout You never know what you’ll see while walking the dog, so be ready for the moment! #centerforcreativephotography @totallyeffnlost @nickkennerly @j_kennerly #photography ...

April 5. Sorry, nobody or #squirrels allowed in during this difficult period! #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout Taken this afternoon at our place in #losangeles #marvista @totallyeffnlost @nickkennerly @j_kennerly #centerforcreativephotography ...

April 4. Today I’m retooling my #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout because most of us (rightly) are staying close to home. I’ve decided to do a picture-a-day or two until the all-clear signal is sounded. My parameters for this project are simple—my photos will only be taken in and around the house, or within a two block radius. Previously my challenge to everyone, and it’s an exercise in overcoming familiarity, was to photograph things you look at everyday but don’t see. The same goes for now, particularly in this difficult period. Today I walked by a a dragon in a tree a block away. What a great way to start! So give it a try, you’ll make some good photos, and it will be your story of surviving the virus. #photography #centerforcreativephotography @totallyeffnlost @nickkennerly @j_kennerly #gregoryain ...

April 3. Exciting slow news day news! One of the caterpillars in the #milkweed bush has morphed into a #chrysalis . Should have a #monarchbutterfly emerging in a few days. I will keep you posted, knowing that you'll be on the edge of your seats waiting for the moment. Made with #canonusa #5dsr w/50mm macro. #losangeles @canonusa #centerforcreativephotography @digitalfusion_la #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout ...

Here’s something you can do while laying low...clean the wheels of your garbage can. #centerforcreativephotography #slowmo ...

The White House press photographers in an era far, far away. Every photog looking spiffy, but their irreverence still peeks through! #centerforcreativephotography ...

On the Beach. Sounds like a great book title! Oh wait, it is, by Nevil Shute about the end of the world. Taken this morning in #santamonica #california #coronavirus #covıd19 #centerforcreativephotography ...

Life among my piers. The #santamonicapier is closed until further notice. #santamonica #california #coronavirus #covıd19 #centerforcreativephotography ...

An overt case of optimism at #panchosmanhattanbeach today. Must have believed Trump, or maybe they are talking 3/31/21? Sorry for everyone that this won’t be happening anytime soon. #manhattanbeach #california ...

Ghost pier. The famous #manhattanbeachpier is closed, as are the surrounding beaches due to the #coronavirus This is the first time that I've ever seen it devoid of people. #manhattanbeach #california ...

This guy is turning into my new favorite photo subject, plus he’s in the yard right outside my office window. A #monarchcaterpillar taken this morning with my #canon5dsr using a 50mm macro lens. @canonusa #canonusa #5dsr #centerforcreativephotography #marvista ...

Is this a #coronavirus plant? Everything I see is going viral! #centerforcreativephotography ...

A positive message from one of our neighborhood’s kids. #staystrong #thinkpositive #marvista #losangeles #centerforcreativephotography ...

A little something from my archive taken 54 years ago in 1966 of an anxious den mother and some popsicle-stick wielding #cubscouts. Amazing what you can find when you have the time. #centerforcreativephotography ...

My new local go-to coffee spot, and it’s great! @alanascoffee located at 12511 Venice Blvd. one block west of Centinela. Have a crazy-good cappuccino along with your social distancing that is meticulously practiced at #alanascoffeeroaster #marvista ...

A #monarchbutterfly #caterpiller (Danaus plexippus) in the backyard today. Something upbeat and slow-breaking! #nature #beauty #centerforcreativephotography #iphone11pro ...

A @cnn graphic that appeared a few minutes ago using my exclusive portrait of Pres. Trump that has been their go-to picture of him since his election in 2016. Words, (and photographs), matter. #cnn @cnnpolitics #centerforcreativephotography ...

My mother Joanne Hume Kennerly would have been 96 today, that's her on the left. She passed away in 2005. This photo of four of my favorite people on the planet, mom, President Ford, Mrs. Ford, and my dad, O.A. “Tunney “ Kennerly was taken at my home in Washington DC’s Georgetown when my parents and the Fords stopped by to celebrate my 29th birthday on March 9, 1976. Mrs. Ford good humoredly referred to herself as my, "other mom," so how lucky was I to have them both there? Sadly they are all gone now, but their memories will live forever. #family #love #geraldrford #bettyford #centerforcreativephotography ...

Lucy’s riding out the crisis the best way she knows how, and is keeping her distance. #losangeles #coronavirus #socialdistancing #dog #centerforcreativephotography ...

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