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Jon Lowenstein, PHOTOGRAPHER

Jon Lowenstein has been a professional photographer for more than ten years. He believes that documentary photographers make a significant contribution to our society by serving as visual witnesses and historians. Most importantly, he loves people and photography. To those who say that photography is irrelevant he asks them to imagine a world without photography.


Jon Lowenstein specializes in long term in-depth documentary photographic projects. His work at Paul Revere School on the south side of Chicago included photographing the daily life at the school and the neighborhood, teaching photography to elementary school students, working on a community newspaper and sometimes coaching the school basketball team.

In December 1999, he was chosen as one of the eight staff photographers for the CITY 2000 (Chicago in the year 2000) project. Lowenstein's work has appeared in Mother Jones, TIME, Smithsonian, US News and World Report, Fortune, Elle, The New York Times, Stern and Chicago Magazine, among others. Lowenstein attended the University of Iowa and has taught at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Western Kentucky's Mountain Workshop and the Southern Short Course.

Jon has won many awards, including being recently named a 2007 USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism Racial Justice Fellow, the September 2007 Getty Grant for Editorial Photography, the 2005 NPPA New America Award, a 2004 World Press photo prize, 2003 Nikon Sabbatical Grant, the 58th National Press Photographer's Pictures of the Year Magazine Photographer of the Year Award and Fuji Community Awareness Award. He participated in the Open Society Institute's Moving Walls VII Exhibition in New York City and was a finalist for the 2006W. Eugene Smith Award Alexia Foundation for World Peace Photography competition and the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship.