inscribed and signed recto, on mount, lower right, below image, in black ink: "The norwest [sic] corner of Florence Avenue and Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, California. / (October 1993) / 1/7 Joel Sternfeld"
On April 29, 1992, four white police officers on trial for the beating of motorist Rodney King were acquitted. A videotape of King’s beating had been extensively televised. The not guilty verdicts became a catalyst for widespread civil unrest.
Riots began with several mob assaults at this intersection. Reginald Denny, a white truck driver, was pulled from his truck and severely beaten as a camera crew broadcast the event live from a news helicopter.
The Los Angeles Riots caused more than fifty deaths and an estimated one billion dollars worth of damage.
From the series, On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam
Acquired from the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, through an Anonymous Gift
Extended information about this artwork
Chicago, IL, Museum of Contemporary Photography, “Loaded Landscapes,” 16 August - 13 October 2007.
Chicago, IL, The Art Institute of Chicago, “On This Site,”
14 December 1996 - 18 April 1997.
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