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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

Book Availability Update

By David Hume Kennerly | Dec 1, 2014

EXCITING NEWS!  The response to David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone has been so overwhelming that the First Edition is nearly sold out.  Here’s an update:• The Second Edition is on its way, so if your books are backordered, you should get them in time for the holidays.  And you can order any time from […] Read More

I was on the scene for the first #G7Summit in Puerto Rico in 1976. The leaders, (L-R), French Pres. d’Estaing, German Chancellor Schmidt, Japanese PM Miki, U.S. Pres. Ford, British PM Callaghan, Canadian PM Trudeau, and Italian PM Moro. These leaders all got along, and pulled on the same end of the rope as one. The latest G7 is happening now in France, and everyone is not getting along... ...

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Cal senior @j_kennerly delivers his talk on Agrarian Transformation in a Chinese ‘Deep Poverty County” at @ucberkeley after completing his Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in Sichuan Province in the PRC. He shared his Anthropological work with fellow recipients of the award in LeConte Hall on campus today. #ucberkeley #cal ...

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Our boy @j_kennerly tonight in #berkeley Tomorrow he will be giving a talk at #ucberkeley entitled, “Land, Work, and Race: Agrarian Transformation in a Chinese ‘Deep Poverty County.’” James spent almost three months in the outer reaches of #sichuan as a recipient of a UC Berkeley Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and will be sharing the experience with fellow recipients of the award, (and his parents!). ...

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Four years ago today @nickkennerly entertained Syrian #refugee kids at Za'atari Camp near the Syrian border. The settlement held close to 90,000 refugees and opened seven years ago to accommodate civilians fleeing the fighting. They loved Nick and he was glad to bring them some musical joy. #canonusa ...

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Two years ago today in #oregon I photographed one of the most amazing sights—a total eclipse of the sun. I used my Canon 5dsr with an 800mm lens + an extender making it 1200mm. The results were awesome. #canonusa #monmouthoregon ...

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A #giantswallowtail #butterfly today reflected in a window. #losangeles #reflections #beautiful #iphonexs ...

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Who, me? Lucy awaits the intruder. #dog #attackdog #dangerous #beware ...

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Dramatic #tree in front of a #gregoryain house in #marvista #losangeles today ...

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Tree, er, cactus hugging @j_kennerly and his brother @nickkennerly in #losangeles ...

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Bonding over #cashews with my favorite #squirrel today in #santamonica #iphonex ...

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Sunset over the Pacific today somewhere between #newzealand and the United States. #noir ...

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Flying from #kerikeri to #auckland #newzealand today on #airnewzealand shot this with #hyperlapse ...

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Beautiful #sunset in northern #newzealand #bayofislands #kauricliffs ...

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My new favorite bird: a Fantail. You can see how they got their name. These little guys are fun to watch as they fly and dart erratically chasing bugs. They are hard to photograph because they rarely sit still, but I managed. #canonusa #birds #fantails ...

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The #newzealand #pigeon or #kereru is one big bird! It can weigh up to two pounds. Spotted this one at #kauricliffs #canonusa ...

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Early morning view from the lodge at #kauricliffs above #matauribay here in #newzealand #canonusa ...

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First time seeing a #pukeo — a #newzealand kind of birdie! #canonusa ...

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Forty five years ago on Aug. 9, 1974, Gerald R. Ford became president, replacing Richard Nixon who resigned in disgrace. Moments after assuming office Ford declared, "Our long national nightmare is over." A decent and caring man had come to power, and a nation breathed a sigh of relief. His ascension to the highest office in the land changed my life also after he appointed me to be his chief White House photographer. During the course of his presidency I had the privilege to document one of the finest people ever to hold that office. We need another one like him. #history #thepresidency #hero ...

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Just before sunset at #kauricliffs #matauribay #newzealand today ...

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