Item #19862 California Latino Prison Gang Polaroid Photo Archive. Prison Gang Members.
California Latino Prison Gang Polaroid Photo Archive
California Latino Prison Gang Polaroid Photo Archive
California Latino Prison Gang Polaroid Photo Archive

California Latino Prison Gang Polaroid Photo Archive

Photo Archive

[Prison] California Prison Gang Archive of 20 Polaroid Photographs. 1980's-2000's. This archive in includes 20 color Polaroids that each measure 4.5" x 3.5" . Each Polaroid highlights gang and prison cultures within California, capturing multiple gang-affliated inmates within different prisons. The Polaroid photographs, many of which have been tagged (some in ink and pencil, others with the tag etched directly into the emulsion) by a wide array of Los Angeles gang members. Most of the photos are of prisoners, with the majority of subjects flashing gang signs and posing stoically alone or with other members. One photo of two gang members in front of palm trees shows two gang members, one which has a forearm tattoo of "I-105", a major freeway which bisects South Los Angeles. Several of the Polaroids in this archive are tender keepsakes, with one depicting a man with a thick mustache and the inscription "I Belong to you Forever, Julie". Another keepsake shows a shirtless gang member in a prison yard surrounded by trees "To The one I Love Our day will Come". A photo shows gang brotherhood, with two men squatted and clasping hands, with the inscription "Aint no big Thing. Angel Frank Jardin 13 SUR". Another photo belonging to Frank depicts him sitting on the bench of a prison yard and is from his mother, captioned "Love you, Mom". A photo of a shirtless young Latino man standing against a concrete penitentiary wall is captioned "I Love You Babe, Jerome 8-90". In another Polaroid, a man who appears to have returned home holds his child as they ride a lawnmower. The gang members and prisoners in this archive embody cholo style of the 1980s and 90s, with high socks, thick mustaches and goatees, long shorts, blue jeans and shined leather shoes. Several photos in this lot appear to depict Caucasian fellow inmates and/or gang members with the Latinos, which is likely a feature of the racial alliance between Whites and Latinos in California prisons. This archive captures the young men who found themselves in the center of the crack, gang violence, and mass incarceration era that dominated street life in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the 1980s-90s. In very good condition overall.

Item #19862

Price: $880.00

Status: On Hold