Thursday, September 23, 2010


An Evening with Kirk McKoy
Senior Photographer at the Los Angeles Times
When: Monday, September 27th at 7:00 pm

Where: Lyceum Theatre Gallery, in Horton Plaza, Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego.

Cost: Free
Veteran photojournalist Kirk McKoy will speak and show high-resolution images at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery, presenting three decades of his photography as he covered many significant events which have shaped our history. Come see the world through the perspective of a major photojournalist. From California wildfires, the L.A. Riots, the Northridge earthquake and the World Trade Center, to celebrity portraits and fashion.

Three of McKoy's images are represented in the Art of Photography Show 2010, having been selected from nearly 14,000 entries by Natasha Egan, the Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. His three images in the exhibition are:

The Chase - A rioter attacked cars of any one who was not African-American with chunks of broke concrete at the intersection of Florence and Normandie in Los Angeles after the King verdict 4/29/1992.

The Beatdown - The mob at the intersection of Florence and Normandie attacked this Latino man as he stepped off the city bus. Anyone at the intersection who was not black was attacked during the first few hours.

The Quick Escape - A looter jumps on the door frame to make a quick exit after robbing a store on the second d day of the Los Angeles Riots following the Rodney King verdict.

Two hours after the verdict in the Rodney King beating trial was read, mayhem ensued! At the intersections of Florence and Normandie, anyone entering the area that was not African-American was attacked during those first few hours. The police were powerless to stop the violence. Mob rule was in full effect. These images were recorded during the first few hours and days following the not-guilty verdicts against the police officers trial for beating Rodney King were read.

Kirk McKoy is a Senior Photographer at the Los Angeles Times. Mr. McKoy has been a photojournalist for 30 years and has a BA in Graphic Design and Photography from the University of Maryland. Kirk shares the Pulitzer Prize for his work covering the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, the 1994 North Ridge Earth Quake and the 2003 Los Angeles Wild Fires stories. McKoy is a contributing photographer for the book "Songs of My People" and has also been published in numerous books pertaining to the 1992 Riots.

Directions to the Lyceum Theatre Gallery: 

Parking: Park at the Horton Plaza parking structure and receive a 3 hour validation.

Check out the upcoming events in our "Where Great Minds Meet" Speaker Series here.

For more information, contact the Producer: Steven Churchill
Phone: 619-825-5575

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