Kenny Rogers has picked up a number of career achievements over the years, including being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October. Last week, he picked up another honor, this time in recognition of a passion aside from music – photography.
Kenny received an honorary master of photography degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) at its annual conference, Imaging USA, during the PPA Award & Degree ceremony on January 14 Phoenix. Before the ceremony, Kenny held a live Q&A with convention-goers, discussing his life and work. He also shared photos from his upcoming photography book, Places I’ve Been, Things I’ve Seen.
“You start off doing something because you really love it, and it gives you great pleasure,” said Kenny. “With any luck at all, you get better. It was special to receive the highest honor that my photography has to offer. I felt a little intimidated but very flattered and somehow undeserving. What a thrill!”
“We could see in his work that Mr. Rogers is an accomplished photographer, but when we approached him about the honorary master’s degree, we were immediately impressed with his enthusiasm for photography,” said PPA president, Ralph Romaguera Sr. “He’s obviously well-known as an entertainer, but he truly is a remarkably talented photographer.”
Imaging USA is the longest-running photography convention and expo in the nation. Kenny is nominated for the GRAMMY Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with Dolly Parton for their duet “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”