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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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David Hume Kennerly
David Hume Kennerly captures a helicopter on a hot landing zone near Khe San, Vietnam.,  Matt Franjola, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: Matt Franjola, 1971
David Hume Kennerly captures the action on a hot landing zone near Khe San, Vietnam. Kennerly went on to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for his portfolio on Vietnam. Kennerly has said, “I wanted to show the periphery of war and to depict the people who lived there . . . . They all lived in a place where peace was only a distant rumor.”
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David Hume Kennerly was a high school photographer in his hometown in Oregon. In his book, Photo Op, he writes, “I wanted to be a photographer ever since I was a kid. I looked at the camera as ‘my ticket out,’ meaning not just a way to escape small-town life but also, and more importantly, a way to see what was happening in this wide world and show it to those who couldn’t go there.”
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Pulitzer Prize
Book on the Pulitzer Prize Photographs
 
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