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Seven Photos of North Lawndale in the Heat of a Violent Summer

As the neighborhood made headlines, photographer Jason Reblando caught the lives of its residents in his lens.

The Hull-House Museum had me take a contemporary look at where the Conservative Vice Lords had their base in North Lawndale. It was the summer of 2012, which was a violent summer in Chicago. I was aware that the area had a bad reputation. I wanted to go in with fresh eyes and show that it’s a more complex neighborhood than was depicted in the news.

Jason Reblando is a photographer and Illinois State University professor.

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