Foundation Trustee David Hume Kennerly captured numerous images of President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford as Ford’s Official White House Photographer. Kennerly traveled to Norfolk, VA to attend the USS Gerald R. Ford Commissioning Ceremonies at Naval Station Norfolk July 21-22, 2017 and shared his photographs with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

Kennerly Commissioning Photos

About the Photographer (Full Bio)
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. David Hume 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’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 in which his 2015 photo essay “I want to Be with the Circus,” was one of the most widely viewed stories in the publication’s history. He has worked as a contributing photographer for Time & Life Magazines, John F. Kennedy, Jr’s George magazine. American Photo Magazine named him “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography”, and Washingtonian Magazine called Kennerly one of the 50 most important journalists in Washington, DC.

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