Little Village project

Jose de Jesus Cortes at his store on 26th St in Chicago. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Last month I started a new self-assigned project: photographing people in Little Village, the vibrant Mexican American neighborhood I live on the outskirts of. Pictured above is Jose de Jesus Cortés–the first person I shot for this series–at his store Cortés Ibañez. So far I’m focusing on business owners, but I expect the project to evolve over time.

I’m following in the footsteps of my dad, James Newberry, who, in the mid-eighties, shot a series of environmental portraits of first generation immigrants from Asia and the Middle East for the Changing Chicago project. You can see examples of these–as well as his fantastic Maxwell Street photos from the sixties and seventies–at the Chicago History Museum blog.