David Hume Kennerly
Wherever history has happened for over 40 years, David Hume Kennerly has been there to document it with a vision and eye for capturing the most poignant moments in a way that is almost uncanny.

David spent two years in Vietnam literally in the line of fire, recording some of the most emotional and controversial events this country has ever experienced. His work there garnered a Pulitzer Prize.

Upon returning home, he and his camera were present from the student protests to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy; from Nixon's rise and fall to the healing years of Ford and Carter; from the first attempts at Middle East diplomacy to the advent of Reaganism and the crumbling of the Soviet Union; from the Clinton and Bush dynasties to an exploration of life in America during the year after 9/11; all the way to the most important events of the past few years.

Along the way, David served as President Ford's personal White House photographer and has stayed close with the family and continued to document their life since.

It seemed only natural that he was the ideal person to capture the amazing stories that are unfolding at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Stories that, in their own way, are poignant and significant in the evolution of the human saga. David had never done a project like this before. We asked. Fortunately, he said yes.

Scorpion Facts

The Deathstalker (Leiurus quinquestriatus), is a species of scorpion, a member of the Buthidae family. It is also known as an Omdurman scorpion, or Israeli desert scorpion. The name Leiurus quinquestriatus roughly translates to “five-striped smooth-tail”. Other species of the genus Leiurus are often referred to as “deathstalkers” as well.

The Deathstalker is straw yellow in color, and can grow 3.5 to 4.5 inches (9 to 11.5 cm) in length. It is of a slight build compared to other scorpions, with a long thin tail and slender pedipalps. A dark segment on the tail is sometimes faint or even missing, which can complicate identification.

Most scorpions have a life span of two to six years.

Deathstalker scorpions are very small often tan or reddish colored with small weak pincers. The stinger tip and pincer tips can be darker, almost black colored. Females are larger than males to accommodate reproductive tasks.

Deathstalker scorpions can be found (if one is foolhardy enough to look for one) in dry desert areas and dry scrublands in northern Africa and the Middle East. It prefers a dry climate, and makes its home in natural burrows or under stones.

Scorpions may capture their prey with their pincers but in the case of the Deathstalker, the pincers are fairly weak so a sting must be administered quickly.

The size of the pincers of a scorpion can be a good measure of the potency of its venom. Scorpions with large, powerful pincers have no need for powerful toxins. Scorpions with small, weak pincers need to have strong poisons to subdue their prey and ward off enemies.

The Deathstalker scorpion has the strongest poison of any scorpion. If stung, a person will experience extreme pain, convulsions, paralysis and even death due to heart and respiratory failure.