Category: Contributor Profile
Steve Matzker

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Steve Matzker is a southern Illinois based photographer. He is currently working on a Master’s of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University with an emphasis in documentary filmmaking. He has published work for both the Chicago Tribune and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


 

A teenage boy jumps off a rock during the summer of 2014 at Giant City State Park in southern Illinois.

A teenage boy jumps off a rock during the summer of 2014 at Giant City State Park in southern Illinois.

Signs of a successful duck hunt and the subsequent cleaning of the birds prior to storage after a November 2013 hunt in southern Illinois.

Signs of a successful duck hunt and the subsequent cleaning of the birds prior to storage after a November 2013 hunt in southern Illinois.

Dr. John “Jack” Whitlock stands in his Carbondale, Ill. home dressed in his Marine Corps League Auxiliary uniform in July of 2014. Whitlock was awarded the Illinois State Marine of the Year in June of 2014 in Springfield during the Marine Corps League 70th Convention. Beginning in 1956 Whitlock served five years in the Marine Corps Reserve and joined the Illinois Marine Corps League in 1995.

Dr. John “Jack” Whitlock stands in his Carbondale, Ill. home dressed in his Marine Corps League Auxiliary uniform in July of 2014. Whitlock was awarded the Illinois State Marine of the Year in June of 2014 in Springfield during the Marine Corps League 70th Convention. Beginning in 1956 Whitlock served five years in the Marine Corps Reserve and joined the Illinois Marine Corps League in 1995.


Eric Ginnard

 

Photo by Jason Chow

Photo by Jason Chow

Eric Ginard is a photo editor and photojournalist working for the Joliet Herald-News on the outskirts of Chicago. He finds the most pleasure in small town atmospheres and the inspiration that hides between long stretches of road. He has worked for several publications, including the Rapid City Journal, Gillette News Record, and the Southern Illinoisan. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angels Times, CBS Evening News and WIRED magazine’s Raw File photo blog.


Along I-55 in Sangamon County, Illinois. Feb. 2014.

Along I-55 in Sangamon County, Illinois. Feb. 2014.

Hillsboro, Illinois. December 2013.

Hillsboro, Illinois. December 2013.

Hillsboro, Illinois. Feb. 2014.

Hillsboro, Illinois. Feb. 2014.


Ryan Dorgan

 

photo by Zach Hetrick

photo by Zach Hetrick

Ryan Dorgan (b. 1987) grew up near South Bend, Ind., and graduated from the Indiana University School of Journalism. He worked for newspapers in Indiana, Vermont and New Hampshire before moving to Wyoming in 2013, where his personal work focuses on westward migration and exploring the thin line between the modern American West and the region’s romanticized past.


Shooting memorial. Elkhart, Ind. May 1, 2013.

Shooting memorial. Elkhart, Ind. May 1, 2013. Originally printed in The Elkhart Truth.

Andrew Dowty, of Benton, Ind., between shows at the Elkhart County 4H Fair. Goshen, Ind. July 23, 2013.

Andrew Dowty, of Benton, Ind., between shows at the Elkhart County 4H Fair. Goshen, Ind. July 23, 2013. Originally printed in The Elkhart Truth.

First Lt. Paul Randall, 96, United States Army Air Forces. Elkhart, Ind. September 13, 2013.

First Lt. Paul Randall, 96, United States Army Air Forces. Elkhart, Ind. September 13, 2013. Originally printed in The Elkhart Truth. 


Jessica Tezak

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Jessica is a photojournalist currently based in Knoxville, Tenn. Photography helps her to exercise her curiosity for the world and the other people in it. It helps her to appreciate and observe small pieces of life that are easy to overlooked. She keeps coming back to photography because it helps her to  understand other people’s lives and actions, and thinking that way has helped her grow as a person, something she never wants to stop. She makes photos to share that knowledge and appreciation with other people.

www.jesstezak.com


Emily Massey, 2, of Anna, Illinois, hugs her baby doll in her grandmother Flossy Leonard’s kitchen where she lives with her mother, Ashley Dixon ,17, and her father, Lee Massey. Dixon said she stopped going to school in order to take care of Emily.“ I miss her just leaving her with the babysitter,” Dixon said, “I try not to do that, but I miss school because of my friends and stuff.” Dixon hopes to get her G.E.D. after Emily gets older so she can become a nurse.

Emily Massey, 2, of Anna, Illinois, hugs her baby doll in her grandmother Flossy Leonard’s kitchen Sept. 7, 2012, where she lives with her mother, Ashley Dixon ,17, and her father, Lee Massey. Dixon said she stopped going to school in order to take care of Emily.“ I miss her just leaving her with the babysitter,” Dixon said, “I try not to do that, but I miss school because of my friends and stuff.” Dixon hopes to get her G.E.D. after Emily gets older so she can become a nurse.

Mike DeDecker, from left, JuJu Kizeart both of Carbondale, Illinois, and Tequire Lawrence, of Chicago hang out during the Mike T. Basketball Tournament in June 2012 at Attucks Park in Carbondale, Illinois. DeDecker and Kizeart played on the winning team in the adult division of the tournament, which is held every year in honor of DeDecker's father who died in a car accident in 2010. Attucks Park serves as a gathering place for young people in Carbondale's Northeast side. Cleveland Matthews, a lifetime resident of the Northeast side, said that his neighborhood is viewed with a bad reputation because of drugs and violence. "I've raised three kids here, we've had no scares,” Matthews said, “I hate for them to condemn my side of town, it's a good neighborhood."

Mike DeDecker, from left, JuJu Kizeart both of Carbondale, Illinois, and Tequire Lawrence, of Chicago hang out during the Mike T. Basketball Tournament in June 2012 at Attucks Park in Carbondale, Illinois. DeDecker and Kizeart played on the winning team in the adult division of the tournament, which is held every year in honor of DeDecker’s father who died in a car accident in 2010. Attucks Park serves as a gathering place for young people in Carbondale’s Northeast side. Cleveland Matthews, a lifetime resident of the Northeast side, said that his neighborhood is viewed with a bad reputation because of drugs and violence. “I’ve raised three kids here, we’ve had no scares,” Matthews said, “I hate for them to condemn my side of town, it’s a good neighborhood.”

Jill Ushie, of Stoke On Trent, stares at her fiance Ian Lockhart's mug shot before she goes to bed Oct. 28 2012 at the Hospitality House in Chester, Ill. Ushie had been writing to her fiance for two years, this visit was the first time she had ever met him, or any of the the other women at the Hospitality House in person. The Hospitality House offers overnight accommodations to prisoner families.

Jill Ushie, of Stoke On Trent, stares at her fiance Ian Lockhart’s mug shot before she goes to bed Oct. 28 2012 at the Hospitality House in Chester, Ill. Ushie had been writing to her fiance for two years, this visit was the first time she had ever met him, or any of the the other women at the Hospitality House in person. The Hospitality House offers overnight accommodations to prisoner families.