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Monthly Masters' Discussion - January 2019 - David Kennerly's Body of Work - and Yours

Post by minniev » Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:26 pm

Introduction
This month we will look at a tiny portion of a Body Of Work rather than a single image. We’ll be considering the work of modern master David Hume Kennerly from the perspective of three images: one captured when he began his photographic career at age 19, one from his Pulitzer Prize winning Viet Nam Portfolio, and one captured last week near his Oregon home. The images are very different. You may pick one to comment on or you may comment on all 3 if you wish.

David Hume Kennerly published his first picture in the high school paper in 1962. His first professional jobs--as a staff photographer for the Oregon Journal and the Portland Oregonian--led him to a position with UPI, which then sent him to cover the escalating war in Southeast Asia. The photos Kennerly took in Vietnam won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1972. He then returned stateside in 1973 to cover the political drama playing out in Washington for Time magazine. Following Nixon's resignation, Kennerly was named Chief White House Photographer during the Ford administration. In addition to his work for Time, Kennerly has been a contributing editor to Newsweek magazine, and he's produced major projects for LifeGood Morning America Sunday and George magazine. He's also authored several books--including Photo du Jour: A Picture-a-Day Journey through the First Year of the New Millennium, published in the Center for American History's "Focus on American History" series by UT Press.

Kennerly worked the bulk of his career with film photography, but now has embraced digital cameras and even iPhones and creative software. His body of work suggests that we as photographers can be ever-evolving, and welcoming of new technologies even while we still use those that are long established. Please look over the links below and explore more about this modern master, then respond to any of the questions below that interest you. I hope everyone will respond to the final question! Happy New Year!

Questions to Consider
1. Kennerly is best known for his photographs of well known people and events. Yet his personal portfolio is much broader. Do you think that is true for most successful photographers? Is it true for you? Does one become better by shooting many genres or specializing in just one? Should out-of-genre images be made public or kept private to keep the focus on your specialty? Explain a little!
2. What similarities do you see between the three images? What differences?
3. What are the strengths and weaknesses of any of the three you want to comment on? What do you think of the composition? Is the subject matter engaging; why or why not? Does the image tell a story?
4. Which image do you like best and why?
5. As we enter a new year, reflect on your own body of work. When did you begin? Would there be a diverse portfolio or a specialized one reflecting a particular interest? Has your specific interest changed over time? How has your equipment changed? Which of your skills are still continuing to develop? If you would like, please post 3 images of your own: one from your earliest days in photography, one from the middle of your body of work, and one recent. Tell us whatever you choose about your photographic body of work, and about your photographic plan for 2019.

Links For Further Study
https://kennerly.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hume_Kennerly
https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/dave-kennerly
https://www.frankpicturesgallery.com/ar ... index.html
https://www.amazon.com/Books-David-Kenn ... 20Kennerly
http://blog.samys.com/david-hume-kenner ... n-anymore/
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Post by Psjunkie » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:15 am

You know I’m no conversationalist or deep thinker so I’ll just say if you’re around interesting people, places, or things, you’re more apt to have better photo opportunities…doing something with those opportunities is the key of course……a wonderful body of work..thank you for enlightening me with his work.

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Post by minniev » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:44 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:15 am
You know I’m no conversationalist or deep thinker so I’ll just say if you’re around interesting people, places, or things, you’re more apt to have better photo opportunities…doing something with those opportunities is the key of course……a wonderful body of work..thank you for enlightening me with his work.
I won't make you hold a conversation, Frank, but do consider posting the 3 images of your own.
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