Logan Cyrus asks the question: Are you capturing the moments of your life, or experiencing them?

One September night in 2016, when most Charlotteans were home safely in bed, Charlotte photographer and Iraq War veteran, Logan Cyrus, was not. He was running toward gunshots armed with a camera. Soon, he realized that he was there to chronicle the shooting of a Charlottean, Justin Carr, at the protests that sprung up in the wake of the death of Keith Lamont Scott, who was killed in a confrontation with Charlotte Mecklenburg Police two days earlier. One of the photographs Logan shot of this event was named one of the “Top 100 Photos of 2016” by Time magazine. While proud of his work, Logan has very conflicted feelings surrounding this photograph and he shared those thoughts at the February 3rd meeting of CreativeMornings/Charlotte at Warehouse 242. Speaking on our global theme of “Moments,” Logan shared how key moments throughout his life led him to pursue photography, how they shaped his perspective on the world and his art, and how they led him to be among those who witnessed Justin Carr’s death.

About the speaker

Logan Cyrus is an independent photojournalist working in the southeastern United States and lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Jamie, and son, Ben. Since moving to North Carolina in 2004, he is proud to now call the state home.

When Logan graduated high school, he served 6 years as a Navy Corpsman where he had two combat tours in the Iraq War. When he left the Navy, he moved to Charlotte with his wife and attended The Art Institute of Charlotte. After graduating with a BA in Photography, he worked as the staff photographer of Charlotte Magazine. After two years, he left his post at the magazine to pursue freelance photography full-time.

He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and The Washington Post, and he works for a diverse list of clients nationally and internationally. Logan is also a stringer for Agence France-Presse and a regular contributor to Charlotte Magazine. He feels incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to help people form opinions or challenge their own perspectives through his pictures.

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