Dawno nie publikowaliśmy serii fotografii dokumentujących dane zjawisko czy tematykę, ale już nadrabiamy zaległości. Przed Wami seria zdjęć, za które odpowiada Robert Yager, fotograf urodzony w Londynie, ale mieszkający w Los Angeles.

W 1991 roku rozpoczął on dokumentowanie gangsterów z ulic Los Angeles, często o meksykańskich korzeniach. Poniżej znajdziecie kilka ciekawych ujęć, szokujących sytuacji czy po prostu zwykłe codzienne czynności. Przejedźcie stronę do samego dołu, a znajdzie mnóstwo interesującego materiału.

Spider talks on the phone while police officers approach him.

Spider talks on the phone while police officers approach him.

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Three girls in a ranfla (car). Playboys neighborhood, Mid-City Los Angeles.

Three girls in a ranfla (car). Playboys neighborhood, Mid-City Los Angeles.

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Clover's head shows the Playboy rabbit symbol as well as three letters symbolizing his clique.

Clover’s head shows the Playboy rabbit symbol as well as three letters symbolizing his clique.

Playboys gang graffitti.  Mid-City area of Los Angeles, west of Downtown.  Playboys Gang members tagged this wall after the police painted over a mural that the gang mebers had put up on this wall.  PBS stands for the Playboys Gang.  Their individual names are also spraypainted. June 1993

Playboys gang graffitti. Mid-City area of Los Angeles, west of Downtown. Playboys Gang members tagged this wall after the police painted over a mural that the gang mebers had put up on this wall. PBS stands for the Playboys Gang. Their individual names are also spraypainted. June 1993

Teen-age gang member runs in the street with an M1-A1 carbine, in an attempt to catch and shoot rival gang members.

Teen-age gang member runs in the street with an M1-A1 carbine, in an attempt to catch and shoot rival gang members.

Jumping In to the Playboys Gang.  Initiation by way of a beating, while someone counts up to thirteen.  The initiate is expected to fight back against at least three members.  This is a joyous rite of passage.

Jumping In to the Playboys Gang. Initiation by way of a beating, while someone counts up to thirteen. The initiate is expected to fight back against at least three members. This is a joyous rite of passage.

A riot broke out in Downtown LA during Fiesta Broadway. Here police, including some on bicycle duty, beat a gang member before they arrested him.

A riot broke out in Downtown LA during Fiesta Broadway. Here police, including some on bicycle duty, beat a gang member before they arrested him.

Trigger shows the tattoo he's having done.

Trigger shows the tattoo he’s having done.

Squeezebox shoots up heroin in the Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, where some of his homies are buried.

Squeezebox shoots up heroin in the Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, where some of his homies are buried.

Girls from Echo Park Gang visit Nica's grave.  They introduce a newer, young member and tell Nica about the latest events of their neighborhood.

Girls from Echo Park Gang visit Nica’s grave. They introduce a newer, young member and tell Nica about the latest events of their neighborhood.

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Money collected from crack-cocaine sales being counted

Money collected from crack-cocaine sales being counted

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A very young Playboys Gang member smokes a primo, a mixture of crack-cocaine and marijuana.

A very young Playboys Gang member smokes a primo, a mixture of crack-cocaine and marijuana.

Laffey took his son, Anthony, to Disneyland.  Here he shows him Roger Rabbit in Toontown. Rabbits are the predominant symbol of the Playboys Gang.

Laffey took his son, Anthony, to Disneyland. Here he shows him Roger Rabbit in Toontown. Rabbits are the predominant symbol of the Playboys Gang.

Kathy's grandma's house in the Playboys gang neighborhood.

Kathy’s grandma’s house in the Playboys gang neighborhood.

Members of the Crazy Riders Gang around one of their member's '48 Chevy Fleetline.  Their neighborhood is in the McArthur Park district of Los Angeles, just west of Downtown LA. 1995 Oakie, shown in the foreground is a very charismatic figure.

Members of the Crazy Riders Gang around one of their member’s ’48 Chevy Fleetline. Their neighborhood is in the McArthur Park district of Los Angeles, just west of Downtown LA. 1995 Oakie, shown in the foreground is a very charismatic figure.

Mousey was killed by rival gang members three months before she was set to get married.  Her family decided to bury her in her wedding dress.  Father Greg Boyle presided over her funeral.

Mousey was killed by rival gang members three months before she was set to get married. Her family decided to bury her in her wedding dress. Father Greg Boyle presided over her funeral.

A Gang member waits on a rooftop with a Tech-9.  He's waiting for rivals to appear from a possible three different directions.  Such rooftop shooters are known as snipers.

A Gang member waits on a rooftop with a Tech-9. He’s waiting for rivals to appear from a possible three different directions. Such rooftop shooters are known as snipers.

'357' shows his scar.  He had been shot and hit with seven bullets.  At USC medical center he was torn open to check for internal bleeding.

‚357’ shows his scar. He had been shot and hit with seven bullets. At USC medical center he was torn open to check for internal bleeding.

Laffey tattoos himself at home as he was bored. His wife looks on.

Laffey tattoos himself at home as he was bored. His wife looks on.

In her hospital bed, one day old Gabriella holds onto her mother's hand. Six pounds, nine ounces. June 25th 1997

In her hospital bed, one day old Gabriella holds onto her mother’s hand. Six pounds, nine ounces. June 25th 1997

Snuffy irons his shirt in his bedroom. Tiny gets a tattoo from Sinbad.

Snuffy irons his shirt in his bedroom. Tiny gets a tattoo from Sinbad.

BooBoo receives free lazer treatment to remove her most visible tattoss.  1998

BooBoo receives free lazer treatment to remove her most visible tattoss. 1998

Lil' Ricky learns to swim at Castaic Lake, Aug 99.

Lil’ Ricky learns to swim at Castaic Lake, Aug 99.

PBS: Playboys Gang.  CBS for her clique within the gang: Crystal Bunnies.  2000

PBS: Playboys Gang. CBS for her clique within the gang: Crystal Bunnies. 2000

At home with her daughters, Marina and Gabby. 2001

At home with her daughters, Marina and Gabby. 2001

Gang members practice shooting at a shooting range in Downtown Los Angeles. 2001

Gang members practice shooting at a shooting range in Downtown Los Angeles. 2001

Click had been shot in the leg in a drive-by, by rivals with an AK47.  His leg was shattered, but doctors operated on him to save it.  Here he lies in bed at home, being visited by two of his homies, who had also been shot on separate occassions. 1995

Click had been shot in the leg in a drive-by, by rivals with an AK47. His leg was shattered, but doctors operated on him to save it. Here he lies in bed at home, being visited by two of his homies, who had also been shot on separate occassions. 1995

Gangs

First day in Playboys neighborhood.  January 1992.  Muerto poses with a challenging "Mad Dog" stare, while Midget flashes a Playboys Gang hand sign in the background.

First day in Playboys neighborhood. January 1992. Muerto poses with a challenging „Mad Dog” stare, while Midget flashes a Playboys Gang hand sign in the background.

Muerto points his revolver, loaded with hollow-point bullets.  He also flashes the handsign for the Playboys Gang, in the shape of a rabbit. 1992

Muerto points his revolver, loaded with hollow-point bullets. He also flashes the handsign for the Playboys Gang, in the shape of a rabbit. 1992

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Louie was pulled over by police for jay-walking.  He had his tattooes checked for their gang files and he was issued a ticket.

Louie was pulled over by police for jay-walking. He had his tattooes checked for their gang files and he was issued a ticket.

Coyote, of the Playboys Gang, points a loadd gun to his head.  This symbolizes his dedication to La Vida Loca, the Crazy Life.  he has an 'S' carved in his cheek, which e said stand for Sureños, Southern California gangs.  He added that it was a mistake. 1993

Coyote, of the Playboys Gang, points a loadd gun to his head. This symbolizes his dedication to La Vida Loca, the Crazy Life. he has an ‚S’ carved in his cheek, which e said stand for Sureños, Southern California gangs. He added that it was a mistake. 1993