David Hume Kennerly Blog

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

Kennerly Archive

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

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

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Four years ago today. Trump campaigns in Colorado. @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Frank and I encourage you to wear a mask. As of today there are 220,000 Americans who died of COVID-19 causes who would most certainly agree. #wearamask #respectothers ...

Slow down. Take a break. Wait for a peanut. @canonusa #eosr5 100-500mm at 400. @cntrforcreativephoto #squirrel ...

You have three choices tonight at 5 pm (Pacific time). Biden, Trump, or Kennerly! I'm feeling the competition. I will talk about the 13 presidential campaigns that I've covered, show a few photos, disclose a few secrets, and answer your questions without notes. Tune in for my presentation on behalf of the @cntrforcreativephoto , sponsored by my friends at @bankofamerica Should be lively, and I'm not promising a thing other than a fun evening. Go to the CCP Facebook page or their site for link, should also be on www.facebook.com/kennerly or CCP YouTube channel. Hopefully it will be worth finding! See you there. ...

Shadows #bikes #santamonica #bethere @cntrforcreativephoto ...

My @cnn Trump-branded portrait again today. Things not looking good for the president who has no plan. About anything. I’m with Tony. #fauci #truth @cnnpolitics #cnn ...

Roberta McCain, mother of @senjohnmccain , has died at 108. Her daughter-in-law @cindymccain made the announcement today. Roberta was born Feb. 7, 1912, a week before #arizona became a state. Her son served as Arizona's senator from 1987-2018. Here Sec. of Defense James Mattis presents Roberta with the flag that covered her son's casket at his gravesite at the U.S. Navy Academy, Sept. 2, 2018. Sen. McCain's wife Cindy is behind her. I was privileged to be there as the family's photographer. @cntrforcreativephoto @mccaininstitute #johnmccain #centerforcreativephotography #jamesmattis @meghanmccain @jhmmccain ...

Thirty four years ago on Oct. 12, 1986, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Reykjavik for their 2nd summit. Although it ended with no deal and some hard feelings, it also lead to a breakthrough that eventually facilitated the INF Treaty, the first agreement requiring the US and the USSR to reduce, rather than merely limit, their arsenals of nuclear weapons. It also produced one of my best TIME cover photographs. At the time we couldn't upload photos from a computer, (we didn't have one that could do that), but thanks to the foresight of fellow Time photog @dirck.halstead and @time photo boss Arnold Drapkin they tied up the only scanner in Iceland capable of converting transparencies into photos that could be transmitted. I took the story-telling picture on that Sunday night, and it was beamed to New York, and appeared on the cover of Time the next day. It was a journalistic coup in the magazine world, and one of my proudest moments in the news biz. @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Toddlers not for Trump. Where else but #santamonica ->? @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Tree and #gregoryain home in #marvista #midcenturymodern @cntrforcreativephoto #losangeles #architecture #marvistatract #kennerlyarchive ...

Our girl Lucy! #doglovers @cntrforcreativephoto ...

In the hood. A #gregoryain home in #marvista today. @cntrforcreativephoto #architecture #architect #midcenturymodern ...

From the Kennerly archives. Not the way you normally see these famous San Francisco houses, known as “The Painted Ladies.” No leash, unleashed! #paintedladiessanfrancisco ...

In a Mussolini-like moment, @realDonaldTrump, back from the hospital and infectious, stands on the White House balcony, removes his mask, and poses for photos. He turned, walked unmasked into the Blue Room, then walked back out to recreate the moment for a propaganda video that was released later. He tweeted from Walter Reed, “Don’t be afraid of Covid.” Words to die by, and reckless. The President of the United States is a clear and present danger to the Republic and it’s citizens. ...

Rarely do food pics, but tonight I made a killer bbq chicken salad that I’ll share with you! Ingredients: Avocado, bean sprouts, red onion, cucumber, romaine lettuce, freshly cooked corn, tomato, a squeeze of fresh lemon, chicken thighs simmered in Stubbs Sweet Heat BBQ sauce, then thinly sliced on top of the salad, complimented with a light drizzle of original Salt Lick BBQ sauce straight from Driftwood, Texas! Too good for words! ...

Bob Gibson, Hall of Fame pitcher for the @cardinals is dead at 84. I took this as he pitched against the @dodgers during his incredible 1968 year where he finished the regular season with a 1.2 ERA. Gibson was National League MVP and won the Cy Young Award that year. In Game 1 of the World Series he threw a shutout against the Detroit Tigers, striking out a Series record 17 batters that beat Sandy Koufax's 1963 record by two outs. The Cards lost the Series 4-3. @cntrforcreativephoto #bobgibson #baseball #mvp #cyyoung #cardinalsbaseball ...

A trip in #marvista #lolyoga next door to #alanascoffeeroasters Something for everyone! @cntrforcreativephoto #losangeles #lightonlotusyoga #lightonlotus ...

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