Levon Mardikyan was born in Istanbul to Armenian parents and has lived in Los Angeles since 1981.  Some of his ethnographic photographs Inna Suid, “The Long Chicha”: Photographs from Girls Coming of Age, Community Feast and Drinking Bout Among the Kuna of San Blas, Panama were shown in the Field Museum of Natural History,  Chicago and the Doheny Memorial Library of University of Southern California in 1999. 

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