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Lowenstein Speaks About Documentary Photography Today

Chicago-based photographer to discuss the tie between photography, social commentary

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April 5, 2010 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Photojournalist Jon Lowenstein - whose work has won him an Alicia Patterson Fellowship and the 2007 Getty Award for Editorial Images - will discuss documentary photography Monday, April 19, at Northwestern University.

Part of the popular Crain Lecture Series presented by Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Lowenstein's speech will take place at 4 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, on the University's Evanston campus. It is free and open to the public.

A professional photographer for more than a decade, Lowenstein specializes in long-term, in-depth projects that illuminate issues of power, poverty and violence. In his documentary work, Lowenstein says he strives for unsparing clarity. He believes that visual images make a critical contribution in revealing history's voiceless subjects.

A member of NOOR, an international photojournalist collective based in Amsterdam, Lowenstein is the author of two forthcoming books, "Shadow Lives USA" and "SouthSide." Both will be published next year.

In a multimedia presentation titled "Consequences," Lowenstein will discuss his current work, including work from Haiti. He also will talk about a NOOR exhibition launched by the United Nations' Summit Conference on Climate Change.

Lowenstein's remarks at Northwestern also will address technique, ethics and the future of long-form documentary photography in today's ever-shifting journalism landscape.

As a member of NOOR, Lowenstein is dedicated to contributing to a growing understanding of the world by producing independent and in-depth visual reports that influence social change and have a positive impact on our understanding of human rights and other global issues.

The Crain Lecture Series is named in honor of magazine publishers Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. For more information about the April 19 lecture, call (847) 491-5401 or visit the Medill Web site at http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/.

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