Photographer Merrick Morton Cemented 80s Gang Culture In History

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10-05-2024 • 25 min

#276: Merrick Morton is one of the first people to document Chicano gang culture in L.A. He also photographed women in prison, Latinas at kickbacks, and people on death row. Almost all of his photos capture something that you might not expect: a tenderness, a realness.

We meet up with Merrick at the Eastern Projects gallery in Chinatown, where an exhibit of his work titled "Un-Rehearsed" is on display,to talk about his art and how he started photographing these communities.

If you want to see some examples of his work, check out this article on

Or - come see the free show in person! It's running until May 18th.