University of Arizona President, Robert C. Robbins and Center for Creative Photography Director, Anne Breckenridge Barrett invite you to join them at this major evening event to celebrate Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly’s ground-breaking new relationship with the UA. This event brings together two Pulitzer Prize winners; Kennerly and his good friend and former colleague at Newsweek, historian Jon Meacham. Together they will probe the dynamic effect that only photography can have on the way we feel and understand our world. David Hume Kennerly, former White House photographer and University of Arizona Presidential Scholar, has documented history for more than fifty years, creating iconic images of wars, politics, sports, celebrities and everyday life. Don’t miss the exhibition of Kennerly photography that will be displayed throughout the UA Mall and Old Main.
David Hume Kennerly
David Hume Kennerly has been a photographer on the front lines of history for fifty years. At 25 he was one of the youngest winners of the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. Kennerly’s 1972 award for Feature Photography included images of the Ali v. Frazier World Heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Garden, the Vietnam and Cambodia wars, and refugees escaping from East Pakistan into India. Two years later Kennerly was appointed President Gerald R. Ford’s chief White House photographer.
Kennerly works extensively in commercial and advertising photography. He has a longstanding relationship with Bank of America, with additional clients having included The Home Depot, The Girl Scouts of America, eBay, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Vital Voices, the Points of Light Foundation and many others. His documentary-style photography and strong focus on portraiture provides corporations and nonprofits with powerful tools for telling their stories.
In 2018 the University of Arizona appointed Kennerly their first UA Presidential Scholar. He will be based at the University’s Center for Creative Photography (CCP).