Last week I worked to illustrate part of a story on Chicago’s recent gang violence for Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper.
When the assignment called for me to get photos of men loitering on street corners, I deployed a new tactic to answer the age old question: how to photograph potential gang bangers without getting shot. Of course im not saying that the men pictured are anything other than what’s stated in the captions. With the help of a friend and his council, I ended up shooting from the back of my car through tinted windows as he drove.
Now this wasn’t something I waned to do, but it was one of those things you have to do for the assignment. The purpose of the photos was to give readers a sense of the neighborhood and to illustrate the writers lead.
At first, I wasn’t sure if it would work, but, the approach worked out great. No one had a clue they were being photographed.
By Philip Sherwell
The cluster of young men hanging out on the porch of the run-down brick home cast menacing stares at the unknown car as a “spotter”, a teen on a bicycle, talked into a mobile phone.
Beneath a tree across the street, burned red candle wax was the last remnant of an impromptu shrine for a 13-year-old boy, Tyquan Tyler, shot dead two weeks earlier by a killer just a few years older than him.
The assailant had run through an alleyway past a boarded-up home, mown down his victim and then disappeared back down the same route into a neighbouring street before the “ATM boys” could respond with their Glock pistols… Read More