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Student Success: David Michael Kennedy 

David Michael Kennedy (born August 16, 1950) is an American photographer and one of the many esteemed NYIP graduates to have gone on to do great things. Perhaps David himself summarized his storied career as a photographer best on his website: "Working in New York in the 1970s and 80s, I developed a successful career in advertising, editorial, album cover, and portrait photography. In 1986, leaving my commercial career behind to concentrate solely on my personal work, I moved to northern New Mexico where I began documenting the land and cultures of the southwest. In March 2004 I departed New Mexico on a two year journey through America. I traveled over 70,000 miles, in a vintage 1960 Airstream Trailer, photographing the American people and diverse landscapes. I have now returned to New Mexico and am immersed in the production of Images from the Road and in the beginning stages of other new works. I work within the realm of analogue processes. After working with various format cameras over the years, I chose to use a homemade 4x5 camera for the body of work, Images from the Road. Recently I have put aside my 4x5 camera as I am redefining my vision through revisiting the square format with a Hasselblad. I continue to teach private landscape, portrait and platinum/palladium darkroom workshops." 

In a career spanning almost 40 years, David has won numerous photography awards, including, Clio AwardsNY Art Director’s Club Annual Exhibition AwardsCommunication Arts Awards of Excellence, Art Direction Magazine Awards of Distinction, and Platinum Records for album covers of Georgia Satellites, Julian Lennon, and Charles Daniels. His work has been shown in exhibitions around the world, including in my home county of Westchester, NY, and he has worked with such influential artists as Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, and Bruce Springsteen (pictured below).    

I have included some of my favorite images below. To learn/see more, go to his website at Enjoy.  

Don King N.Y.C. November 1983: 15 x 15 inch, Palladium Print, edition of 20, November 1983
Along the Goodnight Loving Trail: 15 1/2 x 15 1/2, Palladium Print, edition of 30, April 1997Iggy Pop: 19 5/8 x 20 1/16, edition of 30, Palladium Print, August 1986Bed Gordon Nebraska: 11x14, Palladium Print, November 2, 2004Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska publicity picture, 1982

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