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Robert F. Kennedy, Portland, Oregon, October 25, 1966.

By David Hume Kennerly | Jun 10, 2020

Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Portland, Oregon, October 25, 1966. In 1966 as a 19-year-old cub photographer working for the Oregon Journal, I had the opportunity to photograph Sen. Robert Kennedy when he came to town. Kennedy was the first national politician I covered, and he made one hell of an impression. Like most people my […] Read More

The Girl with the Cap Gun and ‘Tude

By David Hume Kennerly | May 28, 2020

One of the true joys of having the time to go back through my archives at a more leisurely pace is uncovering the occasional gem that was hiding away.  In this case one that has been unseen for over 50 years. I took this in my Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood in 1969, a place that […] Read More

Creating an Archive and Thank You

By Rebecca Kennerly | Oct 15, 2019

I first met David Hume Kennerly in 1993. A year later, we were married in Hanoi, Vietnam on March 30, 1994. About two weeks after we met, David asked me to look at images he was considering including in his 1995 book, Photo Op. My dad and uncle were both photographers, so I was intrigued. […] Read More

Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford

By David Hume Kennerly | Mar 8, 2019

On March 26, 2019 an exhibition of my photos will open at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is the first-ever show of my time as President Ford’s chief White House photographer and is a vivid comparison between then and how things are now.  If you are old enough to […] Read More

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

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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

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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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