About Ken | Awards
“My first school assignment: capturing movement. I used popcorn popping on my mother’s stove, butter and grease dripping onto the floor; half-popped kernels and a full- fledged mess, a beginning but I knew this was going to be exciting.” - Ken Hively
Flash forward 20 years, Marina Del Rey, on board John Wayne’s boat "Wild Goose", Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon await their photo shoot for "Out to Sea". Immediately Jack Lemmon grills Ken on what lens, film, and camera he’s using only to be interrupted by Walter Matthau in a classic ‘Odd Couple’ moment saying, “C’mon Jack let’s get this fucking thing over with.”
Warner Brothers Studio in 2004, Ken sets the scene for a Million Dollar Baby photo shoot with Hillary Swank and Clint Eastwood. He asks Clint to clasp his hands and look into the camera. Only a handful of photos later, Ken wraps up the shoot and Clint says, “I like a man who knows what he wants.” In closure, Clint offered a handshake only to be denied because Ken had a cold and wanted to spare him the germs. Clint reacts, “Well how about a punch in the gut then?” of which he followed through with a punch as his parting gesture.
Whether half-popped or over cooked, the possibilities are endless through Ken’s lens.