Wild West Tech

From the original Gold Rush to today, San Francisco is a place that has often in history attracted young people with dreams of better tomorrows. In recent years, tales of enormous fortunes born out of the technology industry created a modern-day gold rush that gripped San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Over the last decade, entrepreneurs have flocked to the area – the global epicenter of the tech industry – with the hope of creating new technologies and striking it rich. “Wild West Tech,” explores the lives of these individuals and the culture created by the lifestyle bubble of Silicon Valley.

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Laura Morton is a freelance documentary photographer based in San Francisco, California. Much of her personal work focuses on how cultural trends influence the human experience as well as issues of economics. Born in Maryland, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a degree in Political Science and Journalism.
Since 2014, she has been documenting the economic boom in the Silicon Valley technology industry and the culture that has sprung up around it with her on-going project “Wild West Tech,” which was initially financed with support from the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant and continued in 2022 with funding from the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award.
Laura has worked with publications such as National Geographic Magazine, German GEO, Marie Claire, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, 6 Mois, Newsweek Japan and many others.
She has been awarded several prizes and honors such as the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists, the Canon Female Photojournalist Award, the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award, the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant, and the PDN Photo Annual in the Photojournalism/Documentary/Sports Category.

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