David Hume Kennerly Blog

Robert F. Kennedy: The Man Who Changed My Life

By David Hume Kennerly | Jun 4, 2023

In 1966 I was a 19-year-old newbie staff photographer for the Oregon Journal, the state’s largest afternoon newspaper. One of my first big assignments was to photograph Sen. Robert Kennedy appearing in Portland. Kennedy was going to be the first national politician that I would lay eyes and my lens on. It was a visit […] Read More

The Third Lift

By David Hume Kennerly | Feb 20, 2023

I recently received a nice note from Bill Garlinghouse, a retired Navy combat cameraman who wanted to share a story with me about how a passage that he read in my book Shooter in the early eighties helped him out on his first foray into combat. I reprint this with his permission, and follow it […] Read More

By David Hume Kennerly | Dec 24, 2022

Afghan Women Banned from Universities Women students attend a university class in Afghanistan Ten years ago, in 2012, I traveled around Afghanistan giving lectures on a free press and America’s First Amendment protections. Some of my best students were women at Afghanistan’s major universities. I took this of some of them during one of my […] Read More

The First Lady

By David Hume Kennerly | Aug 27, 2022

Showtime recently announced that The First Lady series is cancelled.  Mercifully it only had one season. This will spare other former presidential wives from the historical malpractice visited upon the three women portrayed in the show by creator Aaron Cooley. It will, however, be a crushing disappointment for those waiting for the Jacqueline Kennedy and […] Read More

Farewell Dirck Halstead

By David Hume Kennerly | Jul 23, 2022

Everyone needs a mentor. Mine was Dirck Halstead. His was Robert Capa. Dirck never met Capa, but he was able to bid him farewell. Dirck Halstead and David Kennerly in Vietnam, 1972 Halstead had just graduated from high school in 1954 when he heard that photographer Robert Capa had been killed covering the Vietnam War. […] Read More

50th Anniversary of the Watergate Break-in

By David Hume Kennerly | Jun 18, 2022

Kennerly’s Watergate Photo Gallery This is the 50th anniversary of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Office Building. It led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. This image of Martha Mitchell was John F. Kennedy, Jr’s favorite political photo. I took it in 1970.  Martha was the wife of […] Read More

On Winning a Pulitzer Prize 50 Years Ago

By David Hume Kennerly | Apr 30, 2022

Fifty years ago today, May 1, 1972, a message reached me in Saigon that changed my life. It said I had just won the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Feature Photography. Here’s an edited version of the story as recounted in my book Shooter published in 1980. I got the call at 4 a.m. from […] Read More

Triple Play

By David Hume Kennerly | Mar 10, 2022

Fifty years ago on March 9, 1972, I celebrated my 25th birthday in Saigon. It was an occasion I never thought I’d see. I arrived in Vietnam a year earlier, and during the ensuing months saw combat in Cambodia, the India-Pakistan War, and of course, Vietnam. There were so many close calls that by rights […] Read More

Kennerly Commencement Address at U of Arizona

By David Hume Kennerly | Dec 17, 2021

David Hume Kennerly’s address to the Commencement and SBS Convocation, 2021 graduating class of the School of Social Sciences & Behavioral Sciences, “The People College” at the University of Arizona, Tucson, December 17, 2021 What an amazing group! Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2021. You have survived and triumphed over our ongoing Covid nightmare, […] Read More