AN EVENING WITH LA TIMES PHOTOGRAPHERS
Featuring: Rob Gauthier, Gary Coronado, Wally Skalij, Carolyn Cole, Luis Sinco, Jay Clendenin, Francine Orr, Kirk McKoy
Los Angeles Times
FRIDAY, May 3 | 7:30PM
We will be hosting nighttime events in our Smorgasburg Beer Garden. We invite you to bring your picnic blanket, sweater and your friends to camp out under the stars and be prepared for some extraordinary visual storytelling.
The evening programming is free to attend and there is no need to RSVP. Just show up and enjoy!
Los Angeles Times photographers discuss the challenges of covering the West Coast on multiple fronts – the crisis on the Mexico border, the devastating California wildfires, the increasing homeless population in the Los Angeles area and the Hollywood Industry.
Jay L. Clendenin joined The Los Angeles Times as a staff photographer in October 2007. Clendenin has focused his attention in Los Angeles on portraiture, working mostly with the Calendar section covering Hollywood. A graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in journalism, Clendenin started his first newspaper job at the Hartford Courant in Connecticut. He spent nine years on the East Coast documenting politics, taking portraits, and chasing human-interest stories, primarily for the news magazines TIME, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. A native of California who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Clendenin greeted the opportunity to move to the warm beaches of the South Bay with open arms.
Carolyn Cole covers national and international news for The Los Angeles Times. Her work on the civil crisis in Liberia won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. Cole is a two-time winner of the Robert Capa Courage in Photography award and has earned four World Press awards. In 2016 Carolyn earned the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights award for International Photography for her coverage of the mass migration of Syrians across Europe. Cole is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Ohio University. She recently moved back to California from New York to pursue her interests in the environment journalism and sailing.
Gary Coronado has been a staff photographer for The Los Angeles Times since 2016. He was a 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist in Feature Photography for images of Central Americans risking life and limb as they jump aboard the trains from southern Mexico bound for the United States, and a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist in Breaking News Photography for team coverage of hurricanes. He began freelancing for the Orange County Register and relocated to South Florida in 2001, when he was awarded a fellowship through the Freedom Forum. Coronado grew up in southern California and graduated from the University of Southern California.
Robert Gauthier has been with The Los Angeles Times since 1994. He has covered international and national stories, including Middle East conflicts in Iraq and Lebanon, and catastrophes such as the Sept. 11 attack in New York and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Gauthier was the photographer for a story detailing the failings of a Los Angeles public hospital; The Troubles at King/Drew won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He’s earned numerous other awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and World Press Photo awards. Gauthier grew up in San Diego County, where he began his career.
Francine Orr has been a staff photographer for The Los Angeles Times since 2000. Previously, she was as a staff photographer at The Kansas City Star. Orr served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. While there, she learned how to be a quiet observer and gained a love for stories. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in Feature Photography in 2012. Other awards include the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, the Daniel Pearl Award, Pictures of the Year, National Press Photographers Assn., and Sidney Hillman Award. Francine has done extensive work documenting the homeless population.
Luis Sinco has been a staff photographer at The Los Angeles Times since 1997. His career started at small, ethnic community newspapers in Seattle and Los Angeles. Sinco has been part of three Pulitzer Prize-winning teams: for coverage of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the 2004 California wildfires and the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his photo coverage of the battle of Fallujah. Sinco emigrated from the Philippines as a child and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Washington.
Wally Skalij is a staff photographer for The Los Angeles Times. His assignments have taken him all over the world covering major sporting events including the Olympics. Growing up as a sports fan Wally dreamed of becoming a photographer since the age of 14. Skalij has also covered the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon. His work has been awarded by numerous organization including Pictures of the Year, National Press Photographers Assoc., and most recently World Press, which he earned for his work during the 2018 California wildfires. His passion outside of his career is traveling, boating, woodworking, and being with friends and family.
Kirk McKoy is a senior staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times where he has worked for over 30 years. Originally from North Carolina, Kirk is a graduate of The University of Maryland and Georgetown University. He was a key part of two Pulitzer winning teams for his work covering the Los Angeles riots in 1992 and the Northridge earthquake in 1994. Kirk strives for a whimsical style to his portraits, fashion and food photography to create one of a kind images. “This has always been my dream, my passion, my gift. I continue to be amazed, every day, at the opportunities that we, as photographers have to express our vision – the ability to capture life moments, through stories, and see the spirit that lives within a single photograph.” Kirk will soon be joining the LA Times Washington D.C. bureau as East Coast photo correspondent covering the 2020 presidential campaign.
The Los Angeles Times is the largest newspaper in the West dedicated to journalistic independence and storytelling that engages, informs, and inspires. Situated in one of the most diverse and dynamic regions on the planet, LA Times reporters and photographers translate what’s happening in California and the region to the wider world, and they show how global events and trends affect the lives of their readers.
Carolyn Cole has covered national and international news for The Los Angeles Times for many years. Her work on the civil crisis in Liberia won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. Cole is a two-time winner of the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club of America and has also earned four World Press Photography awards. Previously based in New York, Carolyn recently moved back to California where she is focusing more on environmental issues.