This month, in our annual Photo Issue, The FADER is publishing a feature on the epidemic of youth violence in Chicago, photographed by Daniel Shea. It’s no exaggeration to say this has been one of the most fulfilling projects that Daniel and I have ever worked on.
The feature is live online today. Over the duration of the week four extended edits will be posted along with conversations between Daniel and I.
This essay was a deviation from past photo issues. Instead of publishing preexisting work we decided to commission one large essay with ambitious goals. Our choice to shoot on the ground in Chicago stemmed from the idea that the violent rhetoric that permeates contemporary rap music has a human cost that is too often overlooked. The FADER and many other magazines covering new music feature musicians that propagate cultures of violence (like Chief Keef, who Daniel shot for The FADER’s cover less than a year ago). With the magazine’s audience of young people in mind, we wanted to face that head on.
What resulted is 16 pages of photographs and a Q&A with veteran Chicago reporter Alex Kotlowitz. We aimed to depict what life in the South Side is like for young people, through individuals affected by violence, those participating in it and the grassroots effort to curb the spread of retaliatory crime which seems to have no end.
I would like to personally thank Daniel, my friend, for his incredible effort and determination working on this project, as well as the staff and publishers of The FADER for believing in it and to the men and women of CeaseFire who opened countless doors for us. Please spread the word and consider donating to their incredible effort.
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The National Symphony Orchestra performs on the Potomac River, March 1942.
Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic
A test engineer prepares to stride forward as a man would in the low gravity of the lunar surface at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.Photograph by NASA
Half of THIN HYMNS performs in Manual Cinema as the Baden Brothers for Lula Del Ray. If you didn’t get a chance to see us back in December at the Den Theater, come check out the show at Constellation on April 20th as part of CIMM Fest. We’re proud to be a part of such a killer lineup this year. Get your tickets here. Don’t forget to type in the special promo code SHADOW for the 2 for 1 deal!
A portion of Nikola Tesla’s “revolutionary” neon light display at the Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago
APRIL 21st with some of our favorite fellow Chicagoans, Pillars & Tongues. Radical New Mexican/Brooklynite twins North America are playing as well! Don’t miss this one!
Manfred Mohr’s Youtube Channel
A collection of videos featuring works by pioneering computer artist Manfred Mohr, many dating back to the early 70’s. Also includes interviews and lectures:
Manfred Mohr is considered a pioneer of digital art. After discovering Prof. Max Bense’s information aesthetics in the early 1960’s, Mohr’s artistic thinking was radically changed. Within a few years, his art transformed from abstract expressionism to computer generated algorithmic geometry. Encouraged by the computer music composer Pierre Barbaud whom he met in 1967, Mohr programmed his first computer drawings in 1969.
You can go to the Youtube channel here
Club members on the ocean front are shaded by decorative parasols, 1930.
Photograph by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic