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Photojournalism: David Hume Kennerly

David Hume Kennerly

David Hume Kennerly's career began at the tender age of fifteen in Roseburg, Oregon, when he published his first picture in the high school paper in 1962. His first professional jobs—as a staff photographer for the Oregon Journal and the Portland Oregonian—led him to a position with UPI, which then sent him to cover the escalating war in Southeast Asia. The photos Kennerly took in Vietnam won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1972. He then returned stateside in 1973 to cover the political drama playing out in Washington for Time magazine. Following Nixon's resignation, Kennerly was named Chief White House Photographer during the Ford administration.

In addition to his work for Time, Kennerly has been a contributing editor to Newsweek magazine, and he's produced major projects for Life, Good Morning America Sunday and George magazine. He's also authored several books, including Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford, published by the Briscoe Center and distributed by UT Press; and Photo du Jour: A Picture-a-Day Journey through the First Year of the New Millennium, published in the Center for American History's "Focus on American History" series by UT Press.

Kennerly is at work on a long-term project to digitize his vast archive of images currently existing in transparent formats (positive and negative film).

Finding aid for the David Hume Kennerly Photographic Archive
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