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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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What a great job the @cntrforcreativephoto did with my photos on the mall in front of #oldmain this weekend! The rollout for the acquisition of my archive by the @uarizona was nothing short of spectacular. Thanks to the team at CCP and everyone at UAZ who made this happen. Photo by Rebecca Kennerly. ...

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Fun time last night where my three sons (L-R) @nickkennerly @j_kennerly and @totallyeffnlost celebrated the acquisition of my archive by @uarizona and @cntrforcreativephoto What a night, and I was happy to have the boys there along with @rebeccakennerly without whom two of them, and the archive acquisition wouldn't have happened! @jon.meacham #history Sponsored by @bankofamerica ...

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Outside the @cntrforcreativephoto new home of the Kennerly Archive! I’m the waving shadow on the left, accompanied by son Byron who is @totallyeffnlost here in #tucson Great night with @jon.meacham announcing the acquisition of my archive by @uarizona ...

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A banner day at the @uarizona in front of Centennial Hall heralding the talk that @jon.meacham and will give there tomorrow evening (Oct. 11). You’re all invited! Sponsored by my great friends at @bankofamerica ...

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Late afternoon at the #montagelagunabeach Beautiful spot in #socal ...

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Join me and @jon.meacham at Centennial Hall at the @uarizona in #tucson this Friday, Oct. 11, 7pm, for a rousing talk and picture show! @cntrforcreativephoto — Sponsored by my friends at @bankofamerica (Arrive early or you might not get in). Photo by Chris Richard ...

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I’m 47 years older than when this photo was taken of me in Vietnam in 1972 by Matt Franjola, but my attitude remains the same! Come join me and @jon.meacham at the @uarizona this Friday, Oct.11, 5 pm, Centennial Hall for a discussion about wars, politics, and heavyweight boxing. I will also show my pictures, and Jon and I will take questions. Show up early for free admission, first come, first served! @cntrforcreativephoto #ccp #photography #history ...

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Today @hillaryclinton posted a photo I took of her in 1974 when she was Hillary Rodman, a young lawyer working on the House Judiciary Committee that was in the process of drawing up articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon. Twenty-three years later, in 1997 when she was First Lady, I accompanied her to #tashkent #uzbekistan and several other countries in the area. We had a blast. HRC and I were both born in 1947, and to this day are still going full speed ahead! ...

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Today is the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. I was there 20 years ago when the tanks and troops moved through #tiananmensquare to celebrate the 50th. It was quite a show, and underscored the power of the PRC. #china #prc #military ...

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Just another morning at the #santamonicapier #blackandwhite #crow ...

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President Richard Nixon a few weeks before he resigned in 1974. The weight of #watergate was on him, and this moment through my lens struck me as an insight into his state of mind. The power of #photography ...

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Cool looking #flower I spotted today. Any idea what it is? Grows on a vine. ...

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My cartoonist friend @mikeluckovich hits it out if the park once again. Cheers, Mike! #history #foundingfathers ...

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The @nytimes carried this story from 44 years ago today that demonstrated, 1) President Ford was calm in the face of danger, and, 2) his White House photographer (me) displayed a dark sense of humor that unfortunately still persists! #history ...

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VP Pence under fire for traveling in the first motorcade in #mackinacisland MI history. He rode right through the place in an eight-car convoy. In 1975 President Ford used a horse-drawn buggy (my pic of him and the horses on right) in keeping with the island's now 123-year-old "no cars" rules. He was a Michigander who respected such things. I know, I know, the Secret Service made the veep do it, (they are always getting thrown under the buggy when PR goes bad). BUT. President Ford said no cars, and he was the boss... #historyfacts ...

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Back by popular request. Seven years ago today the Space Shuttle #endeavor flies by #santamonica prior to landing at #lax on it’s way to a permanent home at the #californiasciencecenter in #losangeles . This young gymnast at the beach provided the foreground. ...

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The hit #friendstvshow just celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their first episode. I took this of #jenniferaniston and #lisakudrow during the filming of their last season in 2003. @friends @lisakudrow ...

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