Jon Lowenstein specializes in long-term, in-depth documentary explorations that confront the realms of power, poverty, and social violence. Through the integral combination of photography, moving images, experiential prose and personal testimonials, he strives for unsparing clarity by revealing the subjects of history that lack voice. Jon’s commitment to social justice through community engagement runs deep. He has spent the past decade engaging his adopted community on Chicago’s South Side. Jon has also traveled, studied and documented the experiences of undocumented Latin Americans living throughout the United States. His international assignments include covering elections in Afghanistan to the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti to social violence in Guatemala.
Lowenstein was awarded the 2012 Open Society Foundation’s Audience Engagement Grant. He was a 2011 John Simon Memorial Foundation Guggenheim Fellow in Photography for his work on the South Side. He is a TED Fellow and a 2012 Hasselblad Master. In 2008 he was named the Joseph P. Albright Fellow by the Alicia Patterson Foundation and also won a 2007 Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography. He received a 2007 World Press Award and was named as a USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism Racial Justice Fellow. He was awarded the 2005 NPPA New America Award, a 2004 World Press photo prize, a 2003 Nikon Sabbatical Grant, the 58th National Press Photographer’s Pictures of the Year Magazine Photographer of the Year Award and the Fuji Community Awareness Award. He is member and owner of the NOOR Images cooperative based in Amsterdam.