Kirk D. McKoy

Title: Photographer, Photo Editor
Company: Kirk McKoy Photography
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Kirk McKoy, Photographer and Photo Editor at Kirk McKoy Photography, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in news and portrait photography.

Since 1987, Mr. McKoy has excelled with the Los Angeles Times as a photographer and senior photography director in the features section, responsible for photography in real estate, daily calendar, Sunday calendar and the Home, Travel, Food, Image, Book Review, The Guide, The Envelope and Wheels sections. He has been part of two Pulitzer Prize winning teams for his work covering the Los Angeles riots in 1992 and the Northridge earthquake in 1994. Since 2021, Mr. McKoy has prospered as principal owner of Kirk McKoy Photography in Washington, in which he specializes in portraits, events, food and commercial photography. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design and photography in 1981 from the University of Maryland in College Park.

In 2021, Mr. McKoy was an inductee into the Hall of Fame of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). In addition, he has garnered honors from STX Entertainment, the Society of Professional Journalists, National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International and five citations and merits from the City of Los Angeles, as well as a United States Football League Hall of Fame first place feature in 1985 and was one of ten photographers chosen to exhibit work at the grand opening for the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles in 2009. He has served as vice president of the Press Photographer Association of Greater Los Angeles from 2013 to the present.

Mr. McKoy attributes his success to being a good artist. To him, he would photograph something as he would draw it. Over the years, he has collected sketches into a book. He has the sketch as well as the actual photographs. Being able to mentor a friend of his named Clarence Williams while working at the Los Angeles Times has been Mr. McKoy’s most notable accomplishment. Mr. Williams won a Pulitzer Prize two and a half years later as a trainee at the Los Angeles Times, and Mr. McKoy prides himself on being his colleague and his mentor. In the coming years, Mr. McKoy hopes to work with Mr. Williams to create a documentary that will be highlighting his life and the gentlemen who mentored him and whom he mentored.

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