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Sons of the Devil

A work made of silver dye-bleach print.
© 1980 Luis Medina.

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  • A work made of silver dye-bleach print.




Luis Medina
American, born Cuba, 1942–1985

About this artwork

Born in Havana and educated in Spain and Miami, Luis Medina came to Chicago in 1967 to study sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After finding mentors in photography professor Harold Allen and Art Institute curator Hugh Edwards,however, he abandoned sculpture for photography. Medina eventually began to document Chicago’s vibrant street life and graffiti, gaining the trust of members of the Puerto Rican motorcycle gang Sons of the Devil as well as other street gangs. In this portrait, the gang members pose with defiant authority but a hint of a smile for the photographer.


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Photography and Media


Luis Medina


Sons of the Devil


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1980


Silver dye-bleach print


Image: 27.5 × 26.7 cm (10 7/8 × 10 9/16 in.); Paper: 35.4 × 27.8 cm (13 15/16 × 11 in.)

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In Chicago Portfolio Fund

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© 1980 Luis Medina.

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