Jon Lowenstein

Jon Lowenstein

Jon Lowenstein (USA, 1970) is a professional photographer specializing in long-term, in-depth projects that confront the realms of power, poverty, and violence. As a documentary photographer, he strives for unsparing clarity, and believes images make a critical contribution by revealing the subjects of history that lack voice. At the core of his work, and by his own admission, is a lighted love of people. An equally intractable believer in the arts, he asks those who consider photography unessential to picture a world with no pictures.

For more than a decade Jon has traveled, studied, and documented the experiences of undocumented Latin Americans living throughout the United States. He has followed the migrant trail from Central America, through Mexico and throughout the United States in an effort to show the real stories of the men and women who make up the largest transnational migration in world history.

Jon has been documenting the South Side Chicago community for the past 10 years and his recent work includes stories from Central America, Haiti and Uganda.

Recently, Jon was a recipient of the 2011 John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in the field of Photography. He is also currently a 2011 TED Global Fellow. In 2012, he was the winner of the Editorial Section of the Hasselblad Masters Awards.

Widely recognized, he received the Nikon Sabbatical Grant in 2003, was a 2004 World Press Photo Award winner, won the 58th NPPA’s Pictures of the Year Magazine Photographer of the Year Award, as well as the Fuji Community Awareness Award and the 2005 NPPA New America Award. In 2007, Jon was named as a USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism Racial Justice Fellowship. Jon has won numerous awards, including the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography and World Press Photo Award. He was also named the Joseph P. Albright Fellow by the Alicia Patterson Foundation in 2008 and in 2013 received the Audience Engagement Grant from the Open Society for Shadow Lives.

His international assignments include covering elections in Afghanistan to the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti to social violence in Guatemala. Most recently, he began a project about the impact of cerebral Malaria in Children in Uganda.

Jon is member and co-owner of NOOR photo agency and foundation, he resides in Chicago.



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  • Mexican migrants wait to cross into the United States.
  • Photographs of the impact and aftermath of social violence in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
  • Mariah Driver plays Hide and Seek with her sisters outside her house on S. Chicago St. in Chicago's Pocket Town neighborhood.
  • A girl and her brothers pose for their picture in the Pocket. Approximately 63% of African-American kids grow up in single parent households.
  • During the past decade, millions of Mexican and Central American migrants have left their homes and families, faced death on the journey to the United States and lived under the specter of criminality once in this country.  Despite these obstacles, these
  • Photographs of the United States Border Patrol Special Response Team Training in New Mexico.
  • Photographs of the United States Border Patrol Special Response Team Training in New Mexico.
  • Photographs of the impact and aftermath of social violence in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
  • Photographs of the South Side by Jon Lowenstein

chapo’s chicago

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Chicago is struggling to contain gang violence fueled by heroin and other drugs  --…

chiberia | video

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“I live in an area of the Chicago's South Side called South Shore. It's…

enduring rifts

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Forty years after the coup headed by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, Chile remains a wounded,…

a violent thread – video

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Jon Lowenstein recently released A Violent Thread, a film that explores the psychological and…

south side

Jon Lowenstein - 2006 - 2011

Chicago’s South Side has experiences major changes in the past five years, including a…

pbs newshour interviews jon lowenstein on gun violence in the south side of chicago

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In this interview with PBS Newshour senior correspondent Ray Suarez and reporter Frank Carslon,…

in plain sight: modern day slavery in the united states

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Nilda always dreaded Friday nights. The parties were the worst. Not only did she…

chicago’s bloody year

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“I’m afraid Chicago is dying. There is some semblance that society is running as…

chicago, where the gun is the law – news report

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As a long-time resident of Chicago, Jon Lowenstein visualizes in a harsh but intimate and poetic…

arpaio’s chain

Jon Lowenstein - March 2012

In 1993 Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio set up a "Tent City" as an…

sanga’s dream

Jon Lowenstein - December 2011

Sanga Moses grew up in a small village of his namesake in Southwestern Uganda.…

just another day in the ‘hood

Jon Lowenstein - November 2012

Four years ago I spent one of the most wonderful days of my life…