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How To Transition

By David Hume Kennerly | Jan 19, 2021

President Gerald R. Ford held his first meeting with President-elect Jimmy Carter on November 22, 1976, thirteen years to the day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It was the first time Carter had been in the White House. The two sat in the Oval Office under the portrait of George Washington that hangs […] Read More

How to Concede

By David Hume Kennerly | Nov 22, 2020

I’m missing President Gerald R. Ford more than ever. His graceful and dignified concession of the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter was an exemplar of how to deal with this overwhelmingly painful moment. Gerald R. Ford was not the first or last president to suffer this fate, and he wasn’t alone in doing it right. […] Read More

My Thirteen Presidential Elections

By David Hume Kennerly | Nov 12, 2020

This 2020 presidential election campaign is my thirteenth.  I’ve covered them all since 1968, except for 1972 when I was in Vietnam photographing the war. (I have the best excuses.)  Due to Covid-19, this year I only caught the early action in February, during the New Hampshire Primary. Thankfully it produced some telling images. Campaigning […] Read More

The Day Hillary Clinton Lost the Election

By David Hume Kennerly | Oct 31, 2020

I’d been covering the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN since the year before, but when I showed up to photograph an appearance by Hillary Clinton at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, I hadn’t seen her in a couple of months. The first time I photographed her was when she was a young lawyer working […] Read More

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

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My friend and colleague @petesouza behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office during the change-over from Bush 41 to Clinton 42, January 20, 1993. Pete and I were hanging out together watching history unfold from the inside. Bush used the C & O desk (made for the owners of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway owners around 1920, and donated to the White House). This one was created from salvaged wood from the HMS Resolute, and presented to Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes by Queen Victoria in 1879. It was first used by JFK, then Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush 43, Obama, Trump, and now Biden. It’s a beaut! Hard to imagine how many photos Souza has taken of it during his tenures as White House photographer for Reagan and Obama. @cntrforcreativephoto #resolutedesk #ovaloffice #petesouza ...

The good ole days. Judging from the look on the Secret Service guy, there was an obvious breakdown in security! Here with about-to-be-VP Joe Biden at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009. Congrats to him on assuming the presidency. It was a long and winding road to get there, but most of believe it was worth the journey. Photo by Greg Mathieson @joebiden @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Reflections of @alanascoffee in a 69 #vw in #marvista #alanascoffeeroasters #losangeles #coffee ...

The new first couple. I took this in 2013 of Vice President and Mrs. Biden after President Obama's and JRB’s second inauguration. Biden was sworn in today as the 46th President of the United States. @cntrforcreativephoto @canonusa #history #canonusa ...

Four years ago today, Jan. 20, 2017, I was there to document this moment. A presidential hat trick. One frame of the three together. All would be president. As you know Trump didn't have the courtesy to show up for Joe Biden’s inauguration as Obama did for him. It's now officially Byedon, hello Joe! @cntrforcreativephoto @canonusa #canonusa #history ...

Lemon, water drops, and late afternoon light on the kitchen counter today. @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Today is #martinlutherking Day. Every day is #mlk Day. Took this in 2017 on a nice sunny morning. This is an amazing place. #washingtondc @canonusa #canonusa @cntrforcreativephoto ...

A #cormorant in the San Gabriel Dam this morning. #blackandwhitephotography @canonusa #canonusa #eosr5 100-500 lens at 500mm @cntrforcreativephoto ...

An #americaneagle this morning in the #sangabrielmountains outside of #losangeles — #eagle #canonusa Made with the @canonusa #eosr5 and 100-500 lens at 500mm. Thanks to @raulroa for the great find, and sorry @utnicky wasn’t there. @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Ten years ago #santamonicapier ...

Ten years ago in #centralpark #nyc @cntrforcreativephoto ...

As we approach the inauguration of Joe Biden, I pulled this out of the Kennerly Archives at the @cntrforcreativephoto to show you how it's supposed to work on that day. I took this January 20, 1977, (L-R) President-elect Jimmy Carter, First-Lady-to-be Rosalynn Carter, President Gerald R. Ford, First Lady Betty Ford, Second Lady Happy Rockefeller, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, Second-Lady-to-be Joan Mondale, Vice President-elect Walter Mondale gather in the Blue Room of the White House before proceeding to Capitol Hill for Carter's Inauguration. Not necessarily one big happy family, but Republicans and Democrats displaying national unity. Ford conceded the election the morning after the 1976 race, and pledged and followed through on a timely and professional transition. The portrait of President John Tyler behind them was painted by George Peter Alexander Healy in 1859. #jimmycarter #geraldrfordmuseum #realleadership #presidents #history ...

More surfing. The view south from the #manhattanbeachpier this morning. More good waves tomorrow. @cntrforcreativephoto #surfing #surfers #california @canonusa #canonusa #canonR5 ...

Surfer’s up! El Porto this morning, #manhattanbeach #california @canonusa #canonusa #eosr5 w/100-500 at 500mm @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Awhile back with @emcmen in #santamonica ...

The moon at sunrise this morning in #losangeles ...

Good way to exit 2020! 18th Century Buddha in our dining room in late afternoon light observed by the beautiful 1994 painting “Novel Experience” by the extraordinary artist and friend @maryjosephson @cntrforcreativephoto #buddha #art ...

Eight years ago today in #santamonica — Love is in the air, and 2020 has not been fair. ...

The legendary designer #pierrecardin has died at 98. I photographed him in 2007 at the fabled castle of the Marquis de Sade that he restored and sits atop a hill in Lacoste, France. What an amazing character, and as in so many cases in my life, I feel lucky to have met such an incredible person. Thanks to #cyrilviguier for introducing us. #france #canonusa @canonusa @cntrforcreativephoto #fashion #designer #marquisdesade ...

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