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At Hotel Lucia, we are proud to be home to the world’s largest permanent collection of black-and-white photographs by Pulitzer prize-winning photographer and Oregon native, David Hume Kennerly.

One of the world’s most accomplished photographers, Kennerly has a resumé of high-profile commissions from Newsweek, LIFE, NBC and Time, and served as President Gerald R. Ford’s personal photographer. At the age of 25, Kennerly won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his photos of the Vietnam, Cambodian Civil and India-Pakistan Wars, as well as the Ali-Frazier fight in Madison Square Garden.

During your stay, we invite you to explore the 680 David Hume Kennerly photographs on permanent display throughout our public spaces, corridors and guest rooms.

As you enter the Hotel Lucia lobby, find yourself riveted by images that capture milestone moments in international history and popular culture, including shots of Hugh Hefner with a bevy of bunnies and Nixon boarding the presidential helicopter on his last day in office.

Peruse the hallways and explore a diverse array of images, ranging from John McCain campaigning for President, to Jerry and Kramer landing in prison on the final episode of Seinfeld. And don’t miss the brilliant, celebrated shot of First Lady Betty Ford dancing on the Cabinet Room table the day before departing the White House.

Artist in Residence Program 

Check out our new Artist in Residence program offering short-term, week-long stays for accepted creators on a rolling basis all year round across our collection from Boston and New Orleans to Seattle and Portland. Learn more and apply for our Artist in Residence program here