Kennerly allows readers to see things they never would have had the chance to see, or wanted to see, like the grassy, body-strewn fields of the mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana; and dark, ominous smoke billowing from the Pentagon in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
The Kennerly Archives include nearly a million images, prints, memorabilia, correspondence and documents. It includes personal correspondence and memorabilia such as the helmet and cameras that Kennerly used to photograph the Vietnam War, according to CCP media documents.
“I am proud and happy” to have my archives at the center, Kennerly said on Monday, Oct. 14 from Los Angeles. He says he is honored to be in the company of Ansel Adams, whom he described as a great friend, as well as Richard Avedon and W. Eugene Smith, whom Kennerly also knew.
“David Hume Kennerly’s contribution to the practice of photojournalism is unmatched and the Center for Creative Photography is ready and proud to handle such a critical body of work,” said Anne Breckenridge Barrett, associate vice president for the arts and director of the AU CCP, in a statement.
Etherton predicts that the Kennerly Archives will attract other visible archives to the center. The CCP’s collection includes more than 100,000 works by more than 2,200 photographers and 8 million archival objects, including the archives of American photographers Lola Álvarez Bravo, Edward Weston and Garry Winogrand.