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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I nominate this dog for cutest in the EU! Taken outside the Paris Opera yesterday. (Maybe the cutest anywhere . . .). #parisopera #cutedog #paris ...

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A rolling promotion for the new movie "Ford v Ferrari" (called "Le Mans 66" here in Europe), is parked in front of the Paris Opera with a real Ford GT40 under glass in the back. The movie stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, and opens this week. #lemans66 #fordvferrari #christianbale @fordvferrari #fordgt40 #paris @totallyeffnlost #parisopera ...

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The outstanding mentors and mentees of the #globalambassadors program, a #vitalvoices @bankofamerica partnership taking place now in #paris @theworldpursuit ...

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Veteran's Day, 2019. Honoring those who served. Took this on a fire base near the DMZ in S. Vietnam in 1971 of a soldier, (whose name I don’t know), with the 101st Airborne Division. Amb. Bill Taylor, (who to my knowledge I never photographed), will be testifying before Congress this week in the Ukraine Trump impeachment matter, also served with the 101st at that time, and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. Best of the best. #veteransday #101stairborne #vietnam #Ukraine ...

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A “Bouquet of Tulips” by Jeff Koons outside the Petit Palais in #paris was unveiled last month to honor victims of the November 13, 2015 attacks in and around Paris that killed 130 people. ...

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Stunning, even 2100 years later. #venusdemilo at #thelouvre today ...

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Visiting #thelouvre and the fantastic #leonardodavinci exhibition sponsored by @bankofamerica This portrait of #stjohnthebaptist is thought to DaVinci’s his last painting #arts ...

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Opening of @douglaskirklandstudio photography in #paris tonight. Good friend, great photos. ...

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It appears that #degas is still at hit! Big show of his work at #museedorsay in #Paris Fabulous exhibition. ...

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Avery is one of my favorite photo subjects. Made this one this morning at Peet’s in #santamonica with the @iphone11pro.official on portrait mode ...

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I found this photo in my archive that I made in 1967 for the Oregonian. My career launched covering forest fires, moved to firefights in Vietnam, then political firestorms right here in the USA. Fifty-two years later all three are still raging somewhere. ...

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Flying over potash evaporation ponds along the #coloradoriver near #moabutah today ...

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One of the great sights in my life was watching the space shuttle carrying John Glenn blast off 21 years ago yesterday. John was a real hero. He was the first person to orbit the earth in 1962, and then the oldest astronaut in 1998. @astrodocscott was with him, and we have been friends ever since! @totallyeffnlost ...

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Inside Vanderbilt’s grand #biltmoreestate #asheville #northcarolina A little busy for me... ...

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