David Hume Kennerly Blog

It Started With A Flood In The Basement

By Rebecca Kennerly | Oct 13, 2016

(image above is not the Kennerlys, but illustrate the dilemma) Most photo collections don’t start with a flood; they end that way. And, of course, the David Hume Kennerly collection didn’t actually start with the flood, but my role in it did. At the time of the flood, David and I had been married for less […] Read More

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

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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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 ...

President Gerald R. Ford died 14 years ago today, Dec. 26 , 2006. I miss him, his friendship, and his deep love for this country. But most of all I miss his humanity. I took this after he was sworn in as president on Aug. 9, 1974. In his remarks upon assuming office he referenced Nixon’s resignation, and said, “Our long national nightmare is over.” Unfortunately we are still in the middle of one, and it is way worse. @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Sunset tonight from Mar Vista ...

30 years ago on Christmas Day, 1990, I made my major movie debut as an actor in a Godfather III scene with Al Pacino. (That's him walking at the right). I took the group shot as Pacino brought Andy Garcia into the family photo. It was great fun, a first class trip to Rome, and Francis Coppola didn't cut me out of the film! To everyone's relief, this is the only time I ever appeared in a feature. (Diane Keaton and Eli Wallach are also in this image). #godfather #godfather3 #alpacino @cntrforcreativephoto ...

Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to @dirck.halstead , my pal, colleague, mentor, and godfather to @lordbyron Here we are way back in 1972 slinging gear other than the Canon cameras we now use. This pic on Highway 13 taken as we tried to get to An Loc to cover heavy fighting. A few minutes later we were almost killed in a fierce firefight between South Vietnamese Airborne troops, and North Vietnamese regulars who had us surrounded. We survived, made a few good frames in the process, and we're still on the right side of the grass! (Photo by the late, great Leon Daniel). @totallyeffnlost @cntrforcreativephoto #vietnamwar #vietnamwarphotos @pulitzerprizes ...

Happy 7th wedding anniversary to Dawn and Lisamarie! I was lucky enough to shoot this fabulous event for them along with son @j_kennerly at Table Rock Beach in Laguna. Love and an eternity of happiness to these two incredible and talented people. @cntrforcreativephoto #love #marriage ...

I think a lot about what I did during the Vietnam War, and this month those memories turned to Krek, Cambodia, and the heavy fighting there in December of 1971. This photo shows South Vietnamese troops in the middle of a major firefight. I don't care if you are an American, Cambodian, or any other nationality, you take care of your comrades. These soldiers were carrying one of their buddies off the battlefield under heavy fire. It was the kind of scene I photographed many times. Bravery. Under fire. It also made me think about certain American elected officials who are now in power, and are the opposite of what you see here. They are now being relieved of duty for cowardice. Well, some of them. @cntrforcreativephoto #vietnamwar #heroism ...

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