south side

Jon Lowenstein

The South Side of Chicago – the States’ third most populous city – is shifting proverbially beneath the feet of its residents and has given birth to a host of vital questions: “What is a people’s attachment to place?” and, “What is an old space when its’ faces change, its structures shift, neighborhoods are destroyed while others are born?”

Chicago’s South Side trembles on the precipice of what was, what is and what will be. What emerges is an embattled yet exuberant community, existing both in the present and as a living embodiment of an earlier moment, survivors of a dismantled industrial model, and bearers of an all new cultural flame that smolders with untold potentiality.

As a long-time Chicago South Side resident Jon Lowenstein seeks to transcend the traditional depictions of a sullied urban milieu. He has spent the past decade documenting the South Side’s living soul, capturing its vibrant vicissitudes on film and Polaroid instant film.

Jon has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of photography to allow him to pursue this long-term project and was commissioned by Channel 4 in London to produce a short film a short film about social violence in Chicago: Chicago, where the gun is the law.

  • View of stormy Lake Michigan.
  • Kids on bikes crossing Commercial and 91st St. on Chicago's Southeast Side.
  • Funeral for Willie Jones Sr. who was born in Shably, Mississippi and moved to the neighborhood in the late 1950's.
  • LaToya Jackson poses for pictures before her senior prom with her mother, Carolyn and her boyfriend on their front porch of their S. Ingleside home. Her boyfriend, Magic, holds their son in his arms.
  • Mariah Driver plays Hide and Seek with her sisters outside her house on S. Chicago St. in Chicago's Pocket Town neighborhood.

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