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John McCain (1936-2018): A Remembrance

By David Hume Kennerly | Oct 14, 2020

A Remembrance Two years ago today, September 2, 2018, Senator John McCain was buried on the grounds of his beloved U.S. Naval Academy.  John’s family asked me to document his last journey from Arizona, to Washington, D.C., and to his final resting place in Annapolis. It was an honor for me to do so. There […] Read More

16 Frames

By David Hume Kennerly | Sep 2, 2020

16 Frames My job is to be there when history is made.  August 9, 1974 was one of the biggest days, an historic twofer — one president quit, and another was sworn in to replace him. I was on the South Lawn of the White House crowded onto a photo stand with the rest of […] Read More

Uncropped: The Story Behind “The Hug” Photo

By David Hume Kennerly | Aug 7, 2020

This is the first time I’ve unveiled my uncropped “The Hug” photo from the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in 2016. This version honors the late Rep. John Lewis who died July 17th. Along with First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush, former First Lady […] Read More

You’re Fired!

By David Hume Kennerly | Jul 21, 2020

“You’re Fired!” The Story Behind the Photo   I covered the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN. The last two weeks were spent with Donald Trump’s traveling circus. (It was my 12th campaign, and they all seem that way!). I spent weeks listening to crowds chanting, “Build a wall, kill them all! Lock her up! Hang […] Read More

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, February 09, 2020.

By David Hume Kennerly | Jun 26, 2020

I’ve been photographing Joe Biden on and off since I returned from the Vietnam War in 1973. This latest photograph of him was made February 9 this year in Hampton, New Hampshire, as he campaigned for president. In this frame the former Vice President was talking about his son Beau who died in 2015. The […] Read More

Robert F. Kennedy, Portland, Oregon, October 25, 1966.

By David Hume Kennerly | Jun 10, 2020

Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Portland, Oregon, October 25, 1966. In 1966 as a 19-year-old cub photographer working for the Oregon Journal, I had the opportunity to photograph Sen. Robert Kennedy when he came to town. Kennedy was the first national politician I covered, and he made one hell of an impression. Like most people my […] Read More

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

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Four years ago today. Trump campaigns in Colorado. @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Frank and I encourage you to wear a mask. As of today there are 220,000 Americans who died of COVID-19 causes who would most certainly agree. #wearamask #respectothers ...

Slow down. Take a break. Wait for a peanut. @canonusa #eosr5 100-500mm at 400. @cntrforcreativephoto #squirrel ...

You have three choices tonight at 5 pm (Pacific time). Biden, Trump, or Kennerly! I'm feeling the competition. I will talk about the 13 presidential campaigns that I've covered, show a few photos, disclose a few secrets, and answer your questions without notes. Tune in for my presentation on behalf of the @cntrforcreativephoto , sponsored by my friends at @bankofamerica Should be lively, and I'm not promising a thing other than a fun evening. Go to the CCP Facebook page or their site for link, should also be on www.facebook.com/kennerly or CCP YouTube channel. Hopefully it will be worth finding! See you there. ...

Shadows #bikes #santamonica #bethere @cntrforcreativephoto ...

My @cnn Trump-branded portrait again today. Things not looking good for the president who has no plan. About anything. I’m with Tony. #fauci #truth @cnnpolitics #cnn ...

Roberta McCain, mother of @senjohnmccain , has died at 108. Her daughter-in-law @cindymccain made the announcement today. Roberta was born Feb. 7, 1912, a week before #arizona became a state. Her son served as Arizona's senator from 1987-2018. Here Sec. of Defense James Mattis presents Roberta with the flag that covered her son's casket at his gravesite at the U.S. Navy Academy, Sept. 2, 2018. Sen. McCain's wife Cindy is behind her. I was privileged to be there as the family's photographer. @cntrforcreativephoto @mccaininstitute #johnmccain #centerforcreativephotography #jamesmattis @meghanmccain @jhmmccain ...

Thirty four years ago on Oct. 12, 1986, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Reykjavik for their 2nd summit. Although it ended with no deal and some hard feelings, it also lead to a breakthrough that eventually facilitated the INF Treaty, the first agreement requiring the US and the USSR to reduce, rather than merely limit, their arsenals of nuclear weapons. It also produced one of my best TIME cover photographs. At the time we couldn't upload photos from a computer, (we didn't have one that could do that), but thanks to the foresight of fellow Time photog @dirck.halstead and @time photo boss Arnold Drapkin they tied up the only scanner in Iceland capable of converting transparencies into photos that could be transmitted. I took the story-telling picture on that Sunday night, and it was beamed to New York, and appeared on the cover of Time the next day. It was a journalistic coup in the magazine world, and one of my proudest moments in the news biz. @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Toddlers not for Trump. Where else but #santamonica ->? @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Tree and #gregoryain home in #marvista #midcenturymodern @cntrforcreativephoto #losangeles #architecture #marvistatract #kennerlyarchive ...

Our girl Lucy! #doglovers @cntrforcreativephoto ...

In the hood. A #gregoryain home in #marvista today. @cntrforcreativephoto #architecture #architect #midcenturymodern ...

From the Kennerly archives. Not the way you normally see these famous San Francisco houses, known as “The Painted Ladies.” No leash, unleashed! #paintedladiessanfrancisco ...

In a Mussolini-like moment, @realDonaldTrump, back from the hospital and infectious, stands on the White House balcony, removes his mask, and poses for photos. He turned, walked unmasked into the Blue Room, then walked back out to recreate the moment for a propaganda video that was released later. He tweeted from Walter Reed, “Don’t be afraid of Covid.” Words to die by, and reckless. The President of the United States is a clear and present danger to the Republic and it’s citizens. ...

Rarely do food pics, but tonight I made a killer bbq chicken salad that I’ll share with you! Ingredients: Avocado, bean sprouts, red onion, cucumber, romaine lettuce, freshly cooked corn, tomato, a squeeze of fresh lemon, chicken thighs simmered in Stubbs Sweet Heat BBQ sauce, then thinly sliced on top of the salad, complimented with a light drizzle of original Salt Lick BBQ sauce straight from Driftwood, Texas! Too good for words! ...

Bob Gibson, Hall of Fame pitcher for the @cardinals is dead at 84. I took this as he pitched against the @dodgers during his incredible 1968 year where he finished the regular season with a 1.2 ERA. Gibson was National League MVP and won the Cy Young Award that year. In Game 1 of the World Series he threw a shutout against the Detroit Tigers, striking out a Series record 17 batters that beat Sandy Koufax's 1963 record by two outs. The Cards lost the Series 4-3. @cntrforcreativephoto #bobgibson #baseball #mvp #cyyoung #cardinalsbaseball ...

A trip in #marvista #lolyoga next door to #alanascoffeeroasters Something for everyone! @cntrforcreativephoto #losangeles #lightonlotusyoga #lightonlotus ...

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