Over the weekend’s anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, artist Shepard Fairey and photojournalist Ted Soqui refreshed their previously fruitful collaborations with the release of a new print: Eyes on the King Verdict. The pair released moving statements explaining how the image came to be, what it meant then, and what it continues to represent today, as the central civil rights and police brutality issues remain, tragically, as aggressively present as ever.

“I photographed the images for the Eyes on the King Verdict piece thirty years ago while working as a freelance photojournalist for the L.A. Weekly,” recalls Soqui. “Photographing protests was fast becoming my specialty…It seemed as if the whole city was on fire.”

Shepard Fairey X Ted Soqui’s “Eyes on the King Verdict”

“I think it is important to consider the symbolic weight of the Rodney King verdict and the emotional impact on communities of color seeking justice and accountability. At the time, 30 years ago, I remember feeling enraged that such a blatant act of police brutality was going unpunished when it was captured on video,” writes Fairey. “When the system fails the people, it is nothing short of patriotic for the people to protest for a solution.”

You can read the entirety of their salient and moving remarks and remembrances at the Obey Giant website.

Signed by both artists, in an edition of 600, a portion of proceeds from sales of the Eyes on the King Verdict print will benefit WLCAC (Watts Labor Community Action Committee).

Shepard Fairey X Ted Soqui’s “Eyes on the King Verdict”

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