The press coverage of the 1992 riots in Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict produced some stirring photography. Images from photojournalists such as Nick Ut of the Associated Press and freelancer Gary Leonard captured the raw violence and emotion. Photographer Bob Tur famously captured the beating of Reginald Denny from a helicopter. Photographers on the scene told the story with an immediacy that other mediums couldn’t access.
Ted Soqui covered the riots for LA Weekly. His photos of the destruction are among the most iconic from the event. This week’s issue of LA Weekly features a cover story in which Soqui and a fellow reporter return to the scene of the violence that rocked South Los Angeles, creating dramatic before-and-after imagery.
Neon Tommy spoke with Soqui about covering the riots and returning to that harrowing part of history here.