“Witness: The Power of the Photographic Image With David Hume Kennerly,” a free, public lecture and slide presentation by the esteemed news photographer, will take place Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in UT’s Student Union Room 2592.In a career of more than 50 years in photography, Kennerly has been present at and documented many notable moments of the 20th century: President Richard Nixon’s famous farewell from the White House, the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight of 1971, combat during the Vietnam War, and Robert F. Kennedy’s speech just before his assassination.
James Earl Jones said of this photographer’s presence at history in the making, “David Hume Kennerly is like Forrest Gump, except he was really there.”
At age 25, Kennerly won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. He is a contributing editor for Newsweek Magazine and has traveled to more than 140 countries on assignment. From 1974 to 1977, he served as President Gerald Ford’s personal photographer.“It’s truly an honor for us to have David Hume Kennerly come to UT,” said Deborah Orloff, UT professor of art. “He has an incredible array of rich experiences to share as both a photographer and witness to history. This is a really unique opportunity, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
Kennerly’s visit is presented by the College of Communication and the Arts, and is sponsored by Canon’s Explorers of Light Program.
As a Canon Explorer of Light, Kennerly regularly travels all over the country to discuss his career. Canon Explorers of Light are an elite group of highly accomplished master photographers who share their experiences and insights on their art form. Their lectures and travel are subsidized by Canon.