Edition of 400
Softcover (Thread Sewn)
300 pages, 252 images
Dimensions: 22 x 17 cm
Crowbar Hotel: Live From CDCR by Pouria Khojastehpay is the culmination of over 2 years collecting contraband smartphone photos taken in prison by incarcerated Bloods and Crips gang members. Photos and videos were sent in by inmates, with content found by following their social media accounts. Most of the following content was created between 2016 and 2019 from different CDCR state prisons in California, such as Lancaster, California City, Corcoran, Calipatria, and other facilities. The incarcerated depicted are serving sentences varying from minimum to maximum, in security level one to level four.
Young gangbangers ready to prove themselves and prison-hardened gangsters that have done twenty years and counting.
The book is a visual anthropological documentation on the secret smartphone activity of Bloods and Crips gang members locked up in California state prisons; who also represent the majority of (online active) inmates.