The photographs in this collection are from Barack Obama: the Official Inaugural Book . It was created and produced by Matthew Naythons, Robert McNeely and David Hume Kennerly and contains photographs by Kennerly, McNeely, Peter Souza and a team of America’s leading photojournalists and amateur photographers.
From the guide to the Obama Inaugural Photograph Collection, 2009-197., 2009, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)
David Hume Kennerly began his professional career in 1966 as a photographer for the Oregon Journal . After joining United Press International in 1967, Kennerly worked in Los Angeles (1967-1968), New York (1968-1969), and Washington, D.C. (1969-1970). In 1971, UPI sent Kennerly to South Vietnam, where in 1972 he won a Pulitzer Prize for his feature photography of the Vietnam War. Kennerly also received the Wilson Hicks Award for excellence in reporting with a camera, first prize in the World Press Photo Contest for his coverage of Cambodia, and the Overseas Press Club's Olivier Rebbot Award for his inside story of the Reagan/Gorbachev Summit in Geneva.
From 1972 until 1974, Kennerly worked as a contract photographer for Time magazine. In August 1974, President Gerald R. Ford invited Kennerly to serve as his personal photographer. As Family Week later reported, the Pulitzer Prize winner accepted the job only on the condition that he have "the freedom to walk in and out of the President's office at will to take whatever pictures he felt were part of history." As a result, Kennerly's pictures from his three years in the White House have an immediacy rarely matched by the work of previous official presidential photographers.
From the 1970s through the 1990s Kennerly worked as a photographer for Time (1973-1974, 1977-1990), Life (1972, 1993-1996), and George (1996-1999) magazines, and as a writer and television producer/director. Shooter, his autobiography, was published in 1979, followed by Photo Op: A Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer Covers Events that Shaped Our Times (1995) and Photo du Jour: A Picture-A-Day Journey through the First Year of the New Millennium (2002). The Center for American History has presented photographic exhibitions based on the latter two publications. Kennerly's television productions include Shooter (1987) and The Taking of Flight 847 - The Uli Derickson Story (1988), the latter the recipient of an Emmy award nomination. He is currently a contributing editor to Newsweek magazine.
From the guide to the A Guide to the David Hume Kennerly Photographic Archive, 1966-, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)