Laura Morton
Laura Morton
Laura Morton

From the way we communicate with our families, to the manner in which we debate our differences, Silicon Valley, California–center of the tech industry–has created a new world order, and reframed cultural norms in the United States, and around the world.

What happens when the culture of technology collides with traditional quality of life? From the way information is gathered, stored, and shared, to the manner in which surgeries are performed?

Our lives have been taken over by technology as we wake up with Alexa and go to bed with our iPhones. The lines of whether we are managing technology–or being managed by it–are increasingly blurred as the tech industry grapples with the human cost of its success.

Artist Bios

  • Laura Morton

    Laura Morton is a freelance documentary photographer based in San Francisco. She has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, Marie Claire, Newsweek Japan, British Journal of Photography, and 6Mois among many publications.

    Much of her personal work deals with wealth and the issues that surround it, such as her award-winning project Wild West Tech. Originally supported by a grant from the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, the work has been exhibited at the Lumix Festival in Hannover, Germany, at CatchLight’s Status Update show in San Francisco, at FotoFestival Naarden, in Naarden, Netherlands, and was screened at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France, and Look3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia. Laura is now working on a third chapter of the work.

    In 2018, she was awarded the Canon Female Photojournalist Award (AFJ) to produce her latest project University Avenue which went on show at Visa pour l’Image this year.


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Silicon Valley Grows Up

 archive : 2019

Featuring: Laura Morton

Curated by: Molly Roberts

Presented by: National Geographic
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