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Chicago funeral home director: ‘These kids don’t expect to live a full life’

My most recent freelance assignment for msnbc.com, let me have a glimpse into the life of a funeral director, who’s job is to provide families of the deceased a “homegoing,” as the services often are called. Kenneth Jones, 27, was shot and killed on June, 9th 2012 while trying flee from gang members who attempted to rob him in the Park Manor neighborhood on Chicago’s south side.

Chicago 3 Alarm Fire

Chicago firefighters respond to a 3-11 fire at 2455 North Sheffield Avenue. The two story furniture warehouse was fully involved and shut down the CTA Red, Brown and Purple lines on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

Chicago and NATO 2012

These are my selects from the NATO Summit in Chicago.

Stalking the light…

I was traveling west along I-80 to Cedar Rapids, chasing the sun through the clouds. Crossing over the Mississippi River the sun broke from the clouds and made the most spectacular light. I took the Wells Ferry road exit and started making frames of golden red corn fields. Wonderful!

Around the State Line

I spent an afternoon just south of the Indiana state line in this heavy industrial area close to Lake Michigan. The BP Refinery, Marktown and State Line power are all part of this industrial section south of Chicago, Ill.

Stacks

Haiti & Paul Hansen

Last year while covering the Haitian earthquake aftermath, myself and several other photographers were in the downtown area of Port au Prince following local police as they attempted to maintain control over looting crowds. During the chaos Fabienne Cherisma, 15, was shot in the head by police and died instantly. During the next few minutes one of the images I made shows the scene and the many photographers capturing images of her lifeless body.

As it turns out one of those photographers, Paul Hansen, a staff photographer with the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, has won newspaper photographer of the year in the 67th annual Picture of the Year International competition at the Missouri School of Journalism.

I feel it is important to share with viewers a glimpse of the situation that surrounded Fabienne’s tragic misfortune.

Chicago’s Cabrini-Green

Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood was officially closed and the last remaining family moved to another CHA housing project in Dec. 2010. I began this documentary back in August 2010 spending time with current and former residents capturing the essence of this historic neighborhood. I used medium format and digital mediums to record day to day life in an attempt to preserve the last remaining days of this community.









Chicago Blizzard

The Blizzard that rocked the mid-west and produced more than 20 inches of snow for the Chicago area caused major problems for including the closure of Lake Shore Drive. Nearly 1300 vehicles were caught in the storm and were eventually abandoned effectively closing the outer drive from 67th Street on the south to Hollywood Ave in the north. The strong gusting winds made for white-out conditions, created three to four foot snow drifts and made almost all streets in the metro area impassible. The storm is blamed for a least 11 deaths and closed Chicago’s public schools for the first time in over 12 years.

More Winter and Campaign

The winter weather and the mayoral campaign continue to provide photographic opportunities and for that I am thankful…

The Newberg family walks on Green Lake in Elkhorne, WI., where the ice is 10 inches thick and local residents have established ice fishing spots across the frozen waters.

The Newberg family walks on Green Lake in Elkhorne, WI., where the ice is 10 inches thick and local residents have established ice fishing spots across the frozen waters.

The Newberg family walks on Green Lake in Elkhorne, WI., where the ice is 10 inches thick and local residents have established ice fishing spots across the frozen waters.

Rahm Emanuel, a candidate for the Chicago mayoral election introduces himself to volunteers at the Hyde Park campaign office before rallying supporters on a "All City Canvass" with a goal to reach 22,000 Chicagoans in all 50 wards of the city.

Rahm Emanuel, a candidate for the Chicago mayoral election introduces himself to volunteers at the Hyde Park campaign office before rallying supporters on a "All City Canvass" with a goal to reach 22,000 Chicagoans in all 50 wards of the city.

Rahm Emanuel, a candidate for the Chicago mayoral election introduces himself to volunteers at the Hyde Park campaign office before rallying supporters on a "All City Canvass" with a goal to reach 22,000 Chicagoans in all 50 wards of the city.

Mayoral campaign and Montrose Beach

Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel announced his aggressive anti-crime agenda to ensure the safety of every neighborhood in Chicago.

Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel announced his aggressive anti-crime agenda to ensure the safety of every neighborhood in Chicago.

Lake Michigan waves have added an estimated 300 feet of new frozen shore line to the Montrose Beach.

Lake Michigan waves have added an estimated 300 feet of new frozen shore line to the Montrose Beach.

Lake Michigan waves have added an estimated 300 feet of new frozen shore line to the Montrose Beach.