Robert Yager is a British born freelance photographer based in Los Angeles. Studying photography in the US, Yager decided to start documenting Los Angeles street gangs in 1991. From there, Yager has been a contributing photographer to a host of magazines.
Robert Yager grew up in London, England and is a Los Angeles based photographer. With an interest in anthropology, particularly street and counter-culture and having studied Latin American Studies in the UK & Mexico, as well as Photography in the US, Yager decided to delve into the world of Latino street gangs in Los Angeles. It was 1991 and he has been documenting the lives of gang members ever since.
For two decades Yager has been a contributing photographer, doing covers and features, of portraits and reportage, for a host of magazines. Among them: The New York Times Magazine, The Observer (UK), The Independent, The Telegraph, The Guardian Weekend, The Sunday Times, Fortune, The Fader, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Newsweek and TIME.
Among the accolades he has received, Yager was awarded a fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Yager published a book of photographs with great Circle Books, titled ‘a.k.a. BooBoo’, which covers a 14 year time span in the life of Cindy Martinez, a female gang member. An exhibition of this work led to becoming David Lee Roth’s personal photographer, documenting his return to touring the USA & Canada in Van Halen, during 2007, 2008 and again in 2012.