Gene Kennedy is recognized nationally for his photography of the contemporary American landscape. He is best known for his black-and-white documentary images about suburban land development in California. His pictures are contained in the collections of the California State Library, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.
In 1984, Kennedy was awarded an Emerging Artist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has twice won the Juror’s Award for the best photograph at the California State Fair.
From 1986 to 1996, Gene owned and taught photography at The Darkroom, a do-it-yourself photography lab located in Sacramento. He was the editor of the Lincoln News Messenger from 1997 to 1998 and managing editor of View Camera and Camera Arts magazines from 1998 to 1999. From 2003 through 2008, Kennedy served as executive director of Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento. He taught photography at numerous colleges and universities in San Diego County and in the Central Valley from 1970 to 2002 and at the Maine Photographic Workshops in 1982.
He currently offers three-times-yearly photographic workshops in the Gladding, McBean pottery, sponsored by Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.
Gene and his wife, Jill, currently live and work in Sacramento, California.