David Hume Kennerly Blog

A Pulitzer Story

By David Hume Kennerly | Sep 2, 2016

View Pulitzer Prize Portfolio The big announcement in the spring of 1972 came via a telex message to the United Press International office in Saigon where I was the photo bureau chief.  It read:  “01170 Saigon-Kennerly has won Pulitzer for Feature Photography, which brings congrats from all here. Now need effort some quotes from him […] Read More

On this day 42 years ago… August 9th

By David Hume Kennerly | Aug 9, 2016

I remember August 9, 1974 less as the day President Richard Nixon left the presidency, but as the day Gerald R. Ford assumed it. The morning started on the South Lawn of the White House where I was assigned by TIME Magazine to photograph one of the most dramatic events in U.S. history. This was […] Read More


By David Hume Kennerly | Jul 29, 2016

Every so often, I wake up in the middle of the night from a recurring nightmare. In it, I am watching the final scene of Citizen Kane. The camera slowly glides over hundreds of boxes and crates in a giant dark warehouse, a room that stretched to infinity. Then, the lens settles on a box […] Read More

CNN Special: Covering 50 years of presidential politics by David Hume Kennerly

By David Hume Kennerly | Jul 1, 2016

A witness to history: 50 years of presidential politics Editor’s note: CNN has partnered with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly to cover the 2016 election. Kennerly has spent 50 years photographing U.S. politics. At age 27, he became the youngest chief White House photographer when he started working for President Gerald Ford. The opinions […] Read More

From the Kennerly Archives

By David Hume Kennerly | Dec 16, 2015

In early 1971 ten million refugees streamed into India from East Pakistan to escape political and religious persecution. The total number of displaced people from that conflict is estimated at twenty million, fleeing from one of the most concentrated acts of genocide of the twentieth century. I covered that refugee crisis for UPI. When I […] Read More

Kennerly Remarks Accepting 2015 Lucie Award

By David Hume Kennerly | Oct 29, 2015

    Thanks Ann Curry! We both graduated from Oregon high schools, and also started our professional careers there–it was a great launching pad! My love to my wife and business partner Rebecca and son Byron who are here, and also to my other two boys Nick and James who aren’t due to their educational responsibilities back […] Read More

In the Room — The Final Days of Vietnam

By David Hume Kennerly | Apr 27, 2015

Note: I would like to thank Ken Hafeli and the staff of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library for helping me prepare this report. This story and photos are available for licensing through Getty Images. Contact: Bob.Ahern@gettyimages.comIn early 1971 United Press International assigned me to their Saigon bureau to replace photographer Kent Potter who was rotating […] Read More

April 9 lecture at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts

By David Hume Kennerly | Mar 17, 2015

University of the Arts – Philadelphia Paradigm Lecture Series • Connelly Auditorium • 1:00 – 2:30pm​Terra Hall 211 S Broad StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19107CLICK HERE for more information​ This event sponsored by Canon

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Iwo Jima Photo Taken 70 Years Ago Today

By David Hume Kennerly | Feb 23, 2015

Joe Rosenthal’s photo of U.S. Marines raising the flag over Mt. Surabachi on Iwo Jima, Feb. 23, 1945 (Rosenthal/AP) Smoke, fire, and death captured by Joe during the Iwo Jima invasion (Rosenthal/AP) Marines hit the beach under heavy fire on Iwo Jima. Joe Rosenthal made several of these landings and lived to tell about it. […] Read More

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Seven years ago today. The Obamas make a grand entrance the night of his second Inauguration, Jan. 21, 2013. #barackobama #michelleobama #history #kennerlyarchive ...

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A nice note from #ruthbaderginsburg dated 14 years ago today. #rbg #notoriousrbg #history #thanks ...

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43 years ago today, Jan. 20, 1977, President Jimmy Carter waves to the crowd moments after being sworn in as the 39th President of the United States by Chief Justice Warren Burger. President Gerald R. Ford watches. This was my first photo as the ex chief White House photographer for President Ford! It was a painful moment. I thought Ford should have had a full term in his own right, and I felt bad for him and the country. The two presidents later became dear friends, a real tribute to their graciousness and humanity. #history #jimmycarter #geraldrford #inauguration ...

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Eleven years ago today on Jan. 18, 2009, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect and Mrs. Joe Biden watched a concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial honoring them two days before their Inauguration. #history #barackobama obama #joebiden #obama ...

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Overshadowed by the Trump Impeachment activity on the Hill this week was the Congressional Gold Medal presentation to former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason for his work with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease he was diagnosed with in 2011. I made this photo of him Wednesday in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol with wife Michel Rae Varisco, and son Rivers. I know people who have suffered and died from ALS, and it's a tough fight. Gleason’s foundation “helps provide individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with leading edge technology, equipment and services, is creating a global conversation about ALS to find solutions and an end to the disease, and is raising public awareness toward ALS by providing and documenting extraordinary life adventures for individuals with muscular diseases or injuries.” His life adventure, as difficult as it is, helps others similarly afflicted in a big way. #als #stevegleason #stevegleasonfoundation #hero ...

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House of Representatives Impeachment Managers Schiff, Nadler, Lofgren, Jeffries, Demings, Crow, and Garcia walk through Statuary Hall at the #uscapitol today after reading the Trump impeachment articles to theSenate. Trump's impeachment trial starts next Tuesday. #impeachment #history ...

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Hanging out in the Capitol Rotunda under the Signers with great friend @davidburnettfoto waiting for the House Managers to carry the articles of impeachment to the Senate. It’s all in the Constitution. Photo by @mannyceneta #history ...

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi introduces the House Managers who will prosecute the case in the Senate against President Trump. #intheroom #history #centerforcreativephotography #ccp ...

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Where the action is. Outside the Senate side of the #uscapitol early this morning awaiting the kickoff of the impeachment action. #washingtondc #history ...

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Over Rancho #palosverdes today heading east. #dc is where the action is... ...

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A lot of pressure for me to run. #Kennerly2020 ...

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Sultan Qaboos bin Said died today. I took this in the Omani desert on Oct. 5, 2001 when he met with Sec of Defense Don Rumsfeld who was seeking support for the U.S.military campaign against Al-Qaeda who attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11th. ...

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I think @officialgarybarlow should now be known as Gravitas Gary! He’s not only a great songwriter, singer, producer, and utterly good person, he even looks the part. Had a terrific shoot with him recently, assisted by my violin-playing son @nickkennerly. I channeled my inner #yousufkarsh, who is known for his iconic photograph of Winston Churchill, to make this portrait. #takethat #garybarlow ...

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Here’s a pic I made recently of @officialgarybarlow Sir Gary is one of Britain’s most successful songwriters, and has written 24 top 10 hits, 14 of them being number 1 singles. He’s one of the most talented and nicest entertainers I’ve run into, and better yet he did a recording session with my son @nickkennerly! I have no doubt Nick will follow #garybarlow on the path to stardom! #takethat ...

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Great photo session with the multitalented @officialgarybarlow as documented by another multitalented phenom and violinist @nickkennerly who took this photo of me working — Sir Gary, (he was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth), later recorded some music with Nick, and proclaimed him “superb.” Coming from a former judge on “The X Factor,” that was a high compliment. ...

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Hamburgerhawks. Trying to be a Hopper, but not quite getting there! Seven years ago today at the #santamonicapier #santamonica #california #yellow #red #art ...

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Celebrating my 50th year as a member of the White House News Photographers Assoc. @whnpa -- not many of us still active (or even kicking) from that period, but I'm still plugging away! My card was signed by my colleague, the late, great, George Tames of @nytimes one of the world's classic photogs. #whnpa ...

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Big entrance. A screenshot of Pres Trump at the White House prior to him addressing the Iran situation today. ...

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Iran launched several ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases tonight where US troops are stationed. There are no initial reports of US casualties, but some Iraqis at Ain al-Asad airbase have been hurt. I was at al-Asad when Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld visited in 2006 and addressed US Marines and other military personnel. #iran #iraq ...

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Through the looking glass at Peet’s this morning with @maresmooke and Bruce after the crowd departed. We were missing @officialgarybarlow ! ...

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