David Hume Kennerly is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist who “modestly labels himself as a ‘political photographer” who has been taking pictures on the front lines of history for more than 45 years. In that span of 45 years he has photographed eight wars, U.S. presidents, and traveled to quite a few countries as well.
Kennerly has a long list of high honors that he has received in his time:
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 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.
His honors, however, do not end there, his list is quite extensive of his accomplishments.