David Hume Kennerly Blog

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

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 Kennerly JONESTOWN — 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 […] 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