16

 
 Canon Explorer of Light and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly will be giving a free presentation at Black Hills State University Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Canon Explorer of Light and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly will be giving a free public presentation in the Meier Recital Hall at Black Hills State University Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. A reception will be held before the event at 6:30 p.m.

A member of the elite Canon photographer’s group Explorers of Light, Kennerly won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his portfolio of photos taken of the Vietnam, Cambodia, and India-Pakistan Wars, and the Ali-Frazier fight in Madison Square Garden. In 1974, he was appointed President Gerald R. Ford’s personal photographer. He has won the World Press Photo Award and the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award for Best Photograph Reporting from Abroad for his coverage of President Ronald Reagan and Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s historic first summit meeting in Geneva. He was named One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photo Magazine.

Kennerly has been a contributor for Time & Life magazines, John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s George magazine, and Newsweek. He has published several books of his work, Shooter, Photo Op, Seinoff: The Final Days of Seinfeld, Photo du Jour, and Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. Most recently he produced Barack Obama: The Official Inaugural Book.

 
Photographer David Hume Kennerly won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his portfolio of photos which included this one of the Ali-Frazier fight.
BHSU has been able to host speakers like Kennerly thanks to Canon’s sponsorship of the BHSU photography department, according to Jerry Rawlings, assistant professor of mass communication.  “It’s really exciting. People think because we’re in South Dakota we’re out in the middle of nowhere, but here we are getting speakers like Kennerly and (Canon Explorer of Light and National Geographic photographer) Sam Abell. Our program is respected nationwide, and things like this sponsorship from Canon provide opportunities for our students that help them earn national recognition.”

For more information regarding the lecture and reception, contact Steve Babbitt, professor of photography at BHSU, at 605-642-6769. To learn more about Kennerly visit his website at www.kennerly.com.