David Hume Kennerly Blog

How to Concede

By David Hume Kennerly | Nov 22, 2020

I’m missing President Gerald R. Ford more than ever. His graceful and dignified concession of the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter was an exemplar of how to deal with this overwhelmingly painful moment. Gerald R. Ford was not the first or last president to suffer this fate, and he wasn’t alone in doing it right. […] Read More

My Thirteen Presidential Elections

By David Hume Kennerly | Nov 12, 2020

This 2020 presidential election campaign is my thirteenth.  I’ve covered them all since 1968, except for 1972 when I was in Vietnam photographing the war. (I have the best excuses.)  Due to Covid-19, this year I only caught the early action in February, during the New Hampshire Primary. Thankfully it produced some telling images. Campaigning […] Read More

The Day Hillary Clinton Lost the Election

By David Hume Kennerly | Oct 31, 2020

I’d been covering the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN since the year before, but when I showed up to photograph an appearance by Hillary Clinton at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, I hadn’t seen her in a couple of months. The first time I photographed her was when she was a young lawyer working […] Read More

John McCain (1936-2018): A Remembrance

By David Hume Kennerly | Oct 14, 2020

A Remembrance Two years ago today, September 2, 2018, Senator John McCain was buried on the grounds of his beloved U.S. Naval Academy.  John’s family asked me to document his last journey from Arizona, to Washington, D.C., and to his final resting place in Annapolis. It was an honor for me to do so. There […] Read More

16 Frames

By David Hume Kennerly | Sep 2, 2020

16 Frames My job is to be there when history is made.  August 9, 1974 was one of the biggest days, an historic twofer — one president quit, and another was sworn in to replace him. I was on the South Lawn of the White House crowded onto a photo stand with the rest of […] Read More

Uncropped: The Story Behind “The Hug” Photo

By David Hume Kennerly | Aug 7, 2020

This is the first time I’ve unveiled my uncropped “The Hug” photo from the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in 2016. This version honors the late Rep. John Lewis who died July 17th. Along with First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush, former First Lady […] Read More

You’re Fired!

By David Hume Kennerly | Jul 21, 2020

“You’re Fired!” The Story Behind the Photo   I covered the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN. The last two weeks were spent with Donald Trump’s traveling circus. (It was my 12th campaign, and they all seem that way!). I spent weeks listening to crowds chanting, “Build a wall, kill them all! Lock her up! Hang […] Read More

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, February 09, 2020.

By David Hume Kennerly | Jun 26, 2020

I’ve been photographing Joe Biden on and off since I returned from the Vietnam War in 1973. This latest photograph of him was made February 9 this year in Hampton, New Hampshire, as he campaigned for president. In this frame the former Vice President was talking about his son Beau who died in 2015. The […] Read More

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