David Hume Kennerly If Only O.J. Had Called Me…
A Forty Year Photographic Retrospective, 1966-2010 Featuring rare, vintage, and inscribed work from the Pulitzer Prize winning photographer’s personal archive.
The exhibition runs January 20 – April 3, 2010.
Artist’s Reception: Sunday, January 31st, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
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“If O.J. Simpson had called me instead of heisting his own memorabilia in Las Vegas, he might not be in jail today. One of the items he snatched during the botched robbery was a photo I took of him and his family with President Ford in the White House in 1976, a picture that he said he had wanted back for his kids. I would have given him a copy, and happily surrendered it without a fight!” – David Hume Kennerly
“David Hume Kennerly is like Forrest Gump, except he was really there.” – James Earl Jones Kennerly has been shooting on the front lines of history for more than 40 years. He has photographed eight wars, as many U.S. presidents, and has traveled to dozens of countries along the way. At 25, the Roseburg, Oregon native won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for his photos of the Vietnam War, and two years later was appointed President Gerald R. Ford’s personal photographer. He was named, “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo Magazine. Kennerly recently produced and was a principle photographer of, Barack Obama, The Official Inaugural Book.
If O.J. Had Only Called Me, is a 40-year retrospective of Pulitzer Prize winning photographer David Hume Kennerly’s work that opens at Frank Pictures Gallery at Bergamot Station on January 31st. The photographs are on display from January 20th through April 3, 2010. The show includes rare vintage photographs along with modern prints of Kennerly’s work chronicling the last third of the 20th Century and the first decade of the 21st. Many photographs in the exhibit that Kennerly took are inscribed to him by some of the personalities who changed the world between 1966 and 2010.
Highlights include a 20 x 24 vintage fiber print of the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier Heavyweight fight in Madison Square Garden, March 8, 1971, (one of five printed from the original negative), framed with an extremely rare original fight poster, 10 x 14, signed by both Ali and Frazier.
Three vintage prints taken in Vietnam in 1971 that were part of the original portfolio of 14 prints submitted by UPI to the Pulitzer Prize Committee that awarded Kennerly the 1972 prize for Feature Photography.
A 1966 vintage print of the original Supremes signed and inscribed to Kennerly by Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.
A signed and personally inscribed vintage print of George Harrison in the Cabinet Room of the White House in 1974, along with a performance photo of Harrison and Billy Preston signed by both entertainers. A copy of the original January 6, 1986, TIME cover featuring a photo of Deng Xiaoping by David Hume Kennerly, collage by the late Robert Rauschenberg, and signed in pink paint by the artist, “For David, Rauschenberg.”
A suite of photographs of Ansel Adams including, “the cover that missed,” humorous photo of the esteemed photographer taken by Kennerly for TIME Magazine that featured Adams in 1979, the only occasion a photographer has appeared on the cover of that magazine.
Kennerly’s World Press winning Cambodian girl that was personally printed and signed by Ansel Adams.
A print of Robert F. Kennedy taken in Portland in 1966 and personally inscribed to Kennerly from Kennedy. A vintage photograph taken of RFK only moments before his death at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968.
A preview of the entire show can be seen on the Frank Pictures Gallery site: http://frankpicturesgallery.com
Kennerly resides in Santa Monica and is currently developing a symposium with The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy called, David Hume Kennerly’s Decisive Moments: Shooting Into the 21st Century, a one-week workshop that will launch this summer in Los Angeles. This January Kennerlyis one of three former White House photographers conducting a week long seminar, Behind the Lens: White House Photography from LBJ to Obama at the LBJ Library and The Dolph Briscoe Center for American history and is a keynote speaker at the EG conference in Monterey.
By Jim McKinniss