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

DAVID HUME KENNERLY ARCHIVE PROJECT – Why Now?

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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April 6. Keeping an eye on the #monarchbutterfly #chrysalis this morning, wet from the rain. Made for a good #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout pic! @totallyeffnlost @j_kennerly @nickkennerly #centerforcreativephotography #green ...

April 6. Off to an early start this rainy morning on my daily photo-a-day-during-the-plague #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout You never know what you’ll see while walking the dog, so be ready for the moment! #centerforcreativephotography @totallyeffnlost @nickkennerly @j_kennerly #photography ...

April 5. Sorry, nobody or #squirrels allowed in during this difficult period! #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout Taken this afternoon at our place in #losangeles #marvista @totallyeffnlost @nickkennerly @j_kennerly #centerforcreativephotography ...

April 4. Today I’m retooling my #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout because most of us (rightly) are staying close to home. I’ve decided to do a picture-a-day or two until the all-clear signal is sounded. My parameters for this project are simple—my photos will only be taken in and around the house, or within a two block radius. Previously my challenge to everyone, and it’s an exercise in overcoming familiarity, was to photograph things you look at everyday but don’t see. The same goes for now, particularly in this difficult period. Today I walked by a a dragon in a tree a block away. What a great way to start! So give it a try, you’ll make some good photos, and it will be your story of surviving the virus. #photography #centerforcreativephotography @totallyeffnlost @nickkennerly @j_kennerly #gregoryain ...

April 3. Exciting slow news day news! One of the caterpillars in the #milkweed bush has morphed into a #chrysalis . Should have a #monarchbutterfly emerging in a few days. I will keep you posted, knowing that you'll be on the edge of your seats waiting for the moment. Made with #canonusa #5dsr w/50mm macro. #losangeles @canonusa #centerforcreativephotography @digitalfusion_la #kennerlyphotofitnessworkout ...

Here’s something you can do while laying low...clean the wheels of your garbage can. #centerforcreativephotography #slowmo ...

The White House press photographers in an era far, far away. Every photog looking spiffy, but their irreverence still peeks through! #centerforcreativephotography ...

On the Beach. Sounds like a great book title! Oh wait, it is, by Nevil Shute about the end of the world. Taken this morning in #santamonica #california #coronavirus #covıd19 #centerforcreativephotography ...

Life among my piers. The #santamonicapier is closed until further notice. #santamonica #california #coronavirus #covıd19 #centerforcreativephotography ...

An overt case of optimism at #panchosmanhattanbeach today. Must have believed Trump, or maybe they are talking 3/31/21? Sorry for everyone that this won’t be happening anytime soon. #manhattanbeach #california ...

Ghost pier. The famous #manhattanbeachpier is closed, as are the surrounding beaches due to the #coronavirus This is the first time that I've ever seen it devoid of people. #manhattanbeach #california ...

This guy is turning into my new favorite photo subject, plus he’s in the yard right outside my office window. A #monarchcaterpillar taken this morning with my #canon5dsr using a 50mm macro lens. @canonusa #canonusa #5dsr #centerforcreativephotography #marvista ...

Is this a #coronavirus plant? Everything I see is going viral! #centerforcreativephotography ...

A positive message from one of our neighborhood’s kids. #staystrong #thinkpositive #marvista #losangeles #centerforcreativephotography ...

A little something from my archive taken 54 years ago in 1966 of an anxious den mother and some popsicle-stick wielding #cubscouts. Amazing what you can find when you have the time. #centerforcreativephotography ...

My new local go-to coffee spot, and it’s great! @alanascoffee located at 12511 Venice Blvd. one block west of Centinela. Have a crazy-good cappuccino along with your social distancing that is meticulously practiced at #alanascoffeeroaster #marvista ...

A #monarchbutterfly #caterpiller (Danaus plexippus) in the backyard today. Something upbeat and slow-breaking! #nature #beauty #centerforcreativephotography #iphone11pro ...

A @cnn graphic that appeared a few minutes ago using my exclusive portrait of Pres. Trump that has been their go-to picture of him since his election in 2016. Words, (and photographs), matter. #cnn @cnnpolitics #centerforcreativephotography ...

My mother Joanne Hume Kennerly would have been 96 today, that's her on the left. She passed away in 2005. This photo of four of my favorite people on the planet, mom, President Ford, Mrs. Ford, and my dad, O.A. “Tunney “ Kennerly was taken at my home in Washington DC’s Georgetown when my parents and the Fords stopped by to celebrate my 29th birthday on March 9, 1976. Mrs. Ford good humoredly referred to herself as my, "other mom," so how lucky was I to have them both there? Sadly they are all gone now, but their memories will live forever. #family #love #geraldrford #bettyford #centerforcreativephotography ...

Lucy’s riding out the crisis the best way she knows how, and is keeping her distance. #losangeles #coronavirus #socialdistancing #dog #centerforcreativephotography ...

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