Jon Lowenstein was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Iowa, spending the fall semester of 1992 in San Sebastian, Spain, and graduated with a degree in English in 1993. Lowenstein has been a documentary photographer for more than ten years and although he is still unsure if documentary photojournalism affects real social change, he does hope that people can learn something new from his pictures. He has won many awards, including the 1998 National Press Photographers Association Region 5 Photographer of the Year Award, the 58th Missouri Pictures of the Year Magazine Photographer of the Year Award and Fuji Community Awareness Award. He was also a finalist for the Gordon Parks Photo Competition and the International Fund for Documentary Photography. He is an associate member of Aurora Photos. Lowenstein's work has appeared in Mother Jones, Time, US News and World Report, Fortune, Elle, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times, The Nature Conservancy Magazine, Chicago Magazine, and others. Lowenstein has been a faculty member of Western Kentucky's Mountain Workshop and the Southern Short Course. In December 1999, Jon was chosen as one of eight staff photographers for the CITY 2000 (Chicago In The Year 2000) project. During that time, he began an ongoing project focusing on Mexican day laborers in Chicago. Lowenstein currently teaches photography at Paul Revere Elementary School and has been commissioned to complete a book about the school and the nearby community on Chicago's South Side. Jon lives in Chicago. You can see more of his work at his website: www.jonlowenstein.com.