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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

Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona: David Hume Kennerly Archive. © Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents In early 1971 United Press International assigned me to their Saigon bureau to replace photographer Kent Potter who was rotating out. On Feb. 10, 1971, Potter and three other photographers perished when their chopper […] 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

Appearing at Norman Camera on December 4

By David Hume Kennerly | Dec 1, 2014

WHO IS IN GRAND RAPIDS THURSDAY NIGHT?Besides me, that is…  Come on out for my talk for Norman Camera SEMINAR PRESENTED BY CANON EXPLORERS OF LIGHT PROGRAMDECEMBER 4, 2014 6PM-9PM AT CALVIN COLLEGE PRINCE CONFERENCE CENTERSPACE IS LIMITED!! CALL NORMAN CAMERA’S GRAND RAPIDS LOCATION AT 616-954-9920 TO RESERVE A SEAT OR SIGNUP ONLINE. ​ Column 2

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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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