About David Hume Kennerly

“Kennerly modestly refers to himself as a ‘political photographer.” That’s true, as far as it goes. But it’s like calling Matthew Brady a ‘war photographer’ or Thomas Eakins a ‘Philadelphia portrait painter.” Kennerly is as good as it gets in a craft he defined.”

HOWARD FINEMAN
Chief Political Correspondent,
Newsweek Magazine

“David Kennerly once said to me, ‘In photography everything can be taught, except how to see.’ In his photographs… we see people and historical events through the keen, alert eye of an eminent camera artist.”

HERMAN WOUK,
Author of “The Winds of War”

“David Hume Kennerly is like Forrest Gump, except he was really there.”

James Earl Jones

 


David Hume Kennerly

Kennerly has been shooting on the front lines of history for more than 45 years. He has photographed eight wars, as many U.S. presidents, and has traveled to dozens of countries along the way.

At 25, the Roseburg, Oregon native won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his previous year’s work that included photos of the Vietnam, Cambodia, and India-Pakistan Wars, and the Ali-Frazier fight in Madison Square Garden. In 1976 he was awarded two first prizes in the World Press photo contest for pictures from the final days of Cambodia. He has been presented with numerous other honors, including the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award for, “Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad,” for his coverage of Reagan and Gorbachev’s historic first summit meeting in Geneva. He was named, “One of the Most 100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo Magazine.

Kennerly was nominated for a Primetime Emmy as executive producer of NBC’s, “The Taking of Flight 847,” and was writer and Executive Producer of a two-hour NBC pilot, “Shooter,” starring Helen Hunt, based on his Vietnam experiences. “Shooter” won the Emmy for “Outstanding Cinematography.” He is executive producer of the recent documentary, “Portraits of a Lady,” starring former Justice Sandra Day O’Conner, which made the short list of films eligible for the 2008 Academy Award nominations. He is executive producer of, “Bucksville,” an ultra-low budget film shot in Portland, OR featuring Tom Berenger that will be released in 2011. Kennerly is a graduate of the AFI Conservatory’s two-year film directing program, and recently directed a commercial starring former mayor Ed Koch shot for New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Kennerly has been a contributing photographer for Time Magazine, John F. Kennedy, Jr’s George magazine, Life Magazine, and was a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine for ten years. He has more than 50 major magazine covers to his credit.

He has published several books of his work, Shooter, Photo Op, Seinoff: The Final Days of Seinfeld, Photo du Jour, and Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. Most recently he produced Barack Obama: The Official Barack Obama Inaugural Book, with Bob McNeely, who was President Clinton’s official White House photographer. He provided many exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs of President and Mrs. Obama for the project. A major exhibition of photographs from the book was mounted in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in 2009, and attracted more than a million visitors.

Kennerly is on the Board of Trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, and the Atlanta Board of Visitors of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and is a member of the board of directors of the Eddie Adams Workshop and the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles. He recently conducted a one-week photography workshop for students at the SCAD campus in Hong Kong.

Kennerly recently photographed a major assignment for Bank of America’s, “Neighborhood Excellence Initiative,” a program that honors student leaders, local heroes, and non-profit organizations who contribute unselfishly to their communities.

He is a member of the elite Canon photographer’s group, “Explorer’s of Light.” Kennerly frequently lectures around the country on behalf of Canon.

Kennerly Overview:

  • Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his Vietnam War photographs (1972)
  • Contributing editor, NEWSWEEK Magazine (1996 to 2006)
  • Personal photographer to President Gerald R. Ford, (1974-77)
  • National Program Chair for Washington Mutual’s HOME OF THE FREE STUDENT PHOTOJOURNALISM PROJECT.
  • Contributing correspondent, ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA SUNDAY (1996-98)
  • Contributing photographer, GEORGE Magazine (1996-99)
  • Co-Executive Producer, PROFILES FROM THE FRONT LINES, ABC reality series based on military personnel fighting in America’s war against terrorism.
  • Executive Producer and Writer, SHOOTER, NBC Television Movie of the Week based on his book about Vietnam combat photographers (1989)
  • Executive Producer, THE TAKING OF FLIGHT 847, NBC Movie of the Week (1989)
  • Contract photographer, TIME Magazine (1973-74, 1977-90)
  • Contributing photographer, LIFE Magazine (1972, 1993-96)
  • Staff photographer, United Press International (1967-72)
  • Staff photographer, The Oregonian (1966-67)

Books:

Selected Awards:

  • 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.
  • Five prizes each in the 2001 & 2003 White House Press Photographer's contest, including first place for best 2000 campaign coverage.
  • Named one of the top 50 journalists in the March 2001 issue of WASHINGTONIAN Magazine, the only photographer on the list.
  • 1997 President's Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Greater Los Angeles Press Club.
  • 1989 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama as Executive Producer of NBC’s THE TAKING OF FLIGHT 847: THE ULI DERICKSON STORY.
  • Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad (The Olivier Rebbot Award, 1986).
  • 1976 World Press Photo contest (two first place prizes for Cambodian coverages).
  • National Press Photographers’ contest (first place).

Exhibitions:

  • Photo du Jour exhibition at the Houston Center for Photography
  • Photo du Jour exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arts and Industries Building
  • Images from Kennerly’s upcoming book of behind-the-scenes political photography, BALANCE OF POWER were exhibited at the New York Historical Society. This exhibition was sponsored by Washington Mutual as part of its Home of the Free Student Photojournalism Project.
  • Fine art photography exhibitions, including Photo Expo, Photo LA, SF & Miami and the Simon Patrich Gallery in Vancouver, BC. Exhibitions include political images, selections from PHOTO DU JOUR, evocative international imagery, a portrait gallery, as well as fine art murals of some of Kennerly’s boldest works.

Additional Information:

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Updated May 17, 2011

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