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David Hume Kennerly

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David Hume Kennerly has been a photographer for fifty years. At 25 he was one of the youngest winners of the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism.

Kennerly’s photos have appeared on more than 50 major magazine covers, and he has covered stories in dozens of countries. For ten years he served as a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and for POLITICO.

Kennerly covered the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN (his 12th), and was a major contributor to their book, Unprecedented: The Election that Changed Everything. His cover photo of President Trump taken for the book earned Kennerly a late-night Trump tweet which stated: “CNN just released a book called ‘Unprecedented’ which explores the 2016 race & victory. Hope it does well but used worst cover photo of me."

Kennerly works extensively in commercial and advertising photography. His documentary-style photography and strong focus on portraiture provides corporations and nonprofits with powerful tools for telling their stories.

He also maintains a busy appearance and speaking schedule. Appearances have included The Newseum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Entertainment Gathering in Monterey (EG), Aspen Ideas Festival, The Sea Island Creativity Conference, and TED-x. He also speaks regularly at universities, colleges and libraries, including Stanford, University of Southern California, Harvard’s Kennedy School and Yale’s upcoming symposium on Conflict Photography. He presented the 2015 Commencement speech at Lake Erie College, at which he also received an honorary doctorate, and is a member of the Canon Explorers of Light program that sponsors an elite group of photographers who lecture at photography events and forums.

Kennerly is the author of seven books. The most recent, David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone, was released in the fall of 2014. Previous books include Shooter, Photo Op, Seinoff: The Final Days of Seinfeld, Photo du Jour, and Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. In 2009 he produced, “Barack Obama: The Official Inaugural Book,” and was one of its principal photographers.

Kennerly’s work has been exhibited and collected by museums, corporate entities and individuals around the world. Exhibitions include The Smithsonian Institution, The Annenberg Space for Photography, The Portland Art Museum, Houston Center for Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design in Lacoste France, The University of Southern California, The University of Texas, and a career retrospective at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France. His work from Vietnam was featured in the War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath for the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

Kennerly also has an extensive film and TV background. Recent projects include working as Executive Producer for The Spymasters a 2015 CBS/Showtime documentary, and producing the 2013 The Presidents’ Gatekeepers. A directing graduate of the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies, Kennerly was nominated for a Primetime Emmy as executive producer of NBC’s, The Taking of Flight 847, and was the writer and executive producer of a two-hour NBC pilot, Shooter, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography. He is executive producer of the documentary, Portraits of a Lady for HBO, and Bucksville, featuring Tom Berenger. Kennerly is featured in the 2012 BBC documentary The Scot who Shot the Civil War about photographer Alexander Gardner.

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). He is a member of the board of directors of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles, and Creative Visions Foundation. In 2014, Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio established the David Hume Kennerly endowed scholarship for students of the visual arts.