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Photo du Jour: A Picture-a-Day Journey through the First Year of the New Millennium (Focus on History) Hardcover – October 1, 2002

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David Hume Kennerly has won numerous awards in addition to the Pulitzer. A selection of Photo du Jour images received five prizes in the 2001 White House Press Photographer's contest, including a first prize for best 2000 campaign coverage. Kennerly was also included in the Washingtonian magazine's end of the century list of the top fifty journalists. In addition to serving as President Gerald R. Ford's personal photographer, Kennerly has been a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and a photographer for Time, Life, and George magazines and for United Press International. He was also a contributor to Good Morning America Sunday. Kennerly has published three previous books, Shooter, Photo Op, and Sein Off. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: Focus on History
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292743491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292743496
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,929,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By I. VANSCHALKWYK on November 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have. At the Texas Book Festival (2002) this book caught my eye. Never heard of the photographer before but the book was exquisite: filled with stunning black and white pictures. Pictures of everyday things. Of people laughing, of streets and events - capturing the magic moments without a pose. It was a simple concept: One camera. One lens. One year. The results are photos that also capture the routine, sometimes humorous and often extraordinary moments of everyday life.
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Maybe my expectations are over the top, maybe I know more than the average joe/jane when it comes to photography, or maybe I just got the whole idea of this book wrong. Whatever the reason, David Hume Kennerly's Photo du Jour is nothing more than a document of his time and access throughout 2000. For some reason, I got the idea in my head that here was a photojournalist going to lug around an extra Leica and only shoot one image a day with it. How would he choose and at 11:59PM would there be regrets over the shot passed up for the possibility of another later in the day that never presented its self? I really wanted this guy to only have ten rolls of 135-36 for the project- I wanted this to be the photo equivalent to Zen in the Art of Archery. I obviously got it wrong. Another thing that gets me about this book is how it is promoted ie. Rosenthal saying "one camera and one lens". Again, all of the conceptual limitations on this project that never materialized! If you are shooting a 21mm on an M body, setting the hyper focal distance around 5ft. and using f8 you are basically good from 2ft to infinity. Fine, understandable and I love wide angles on 35mm format but then you go a crop the image!!!!! This is my biggest jab at the book, if you are going to say one camera, one lens be photographer enough to print the FULL FRAME! I guess if you spend you life getting paid to "get the shot", you learn to shoot it close and wide and then crop what you want later. Some images in this book look like 6x7, some 135-36, and some 6x9 or even a Panavision 16:9 so again, where is the skill/discipline? The fishing equivalent would be using dynamite. The book is what it is and unfortunately is billed as something else.Read more ›
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This book deserves more reviews. I purchased it when first came out eight years ago and from time to time I revisit for the sheer honesty of capturing slices of mostly urban life in the midst of presidential campaign. When a contemporary photographer can complete such a project like this and dare to produce a book of all monochrome photos, I think that says a lot for his dedication, style, skills, and commitment to the craft. So many of the images we see in Kennerly's book are ones that depict what many of us see and walk pass everyday of our lives. But Kennerly took the time to stop and capture precious moments that we too often ignore.

I also want to add this book of course is a treat for serious photographers. Each image is well composed and processed. There's lots to learn from how Kennerly frames a photo and what he choose to leave in and out when makes a shot.

I realize that the book was published years ago, but I think it's timeless and deserves a lot more attention.
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