"Photography is analogous to poetry, for my kind of work more so than journalism, is because it's so open to interpretation. And I’m very happy having different interpretations of it. It is also a very lonely medium. There’s a kind of beautiful loneliness in voyeurism. And that’s why I’m a photographer."  -- Alec Soth

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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