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Jon Langford video: Drone Operator

A video for Jon Langford & Skull Orchard’s powerful song Drone Operator was recently released, which I helped shoot (hint: I didn’t film the military/drone shots). Here’s a Langford interview from a couple days ago in Vice, where Jon talks about the song, the Mekons, aboriginal music, how he came to make an album against the death penalty, and more.



This is the second Langford music video I’ve been lucky to be involved in; I also shot this one.

Oh no, not Instagram!?

Hey Instagram users, I’ve been posting there pretty regularly, please follow me if you’re so inclined.

New travel blog,

Young child in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Jim Newberry.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve left Chicago and am traveling for a while, first stop Bangkok, Thailand (on my way to Chiang Mai), where I shot this portrait. I plan to continue posting photos here at, but I’ve started a new blog,, specifically for my nomadic excursion.

In October, I become a professional hobo

Sky and clouds in late afternoon sun, as seen from airplane. Photo by Jim Newberry.
I’ve lived in Chicago, one of the greatest cities in the world, for almost five decades. But now I’ve decided to divest myself of most of my worldly possessions, leave town with only as much as I can carry, and travel abroad for an indeterminate length of time. Inspired by people like Matt, Jodi, Rolf, and Erin & Simon, I’ll be embarking on a serendipitous journey for a couple months, or maybe a year or more.

I’ll be a slow-traveling, nomadic minimalist doing location-independent work (photography, videography, web design), which is a verbose and pretentious way of saying I’ll be a hobo. I’m starting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a destination that by all accounts is fabulous: culturally-rich, inexpensive, with reliable Internet access (gotta have it to work), friendly people, and spectacular food. From there maybe more travel around Asia, Australia, New Zealand…who knows. I’ll be regularly posting updates and photos at another, soon-to-be-launched travel blog.

Note to clients: I’ll have access to my digital archives while abroad, and will be easy to reach via email. So if you need images from a previous shoot, just holler. And I’ll be available for photo and video assignments if you need something shot in Thailand, or elsewhere on the planet.

Sweet Jesus I’ve gone to the dark side

I’ve joined Instagram.

Disser of Chicago, Rachel Shteir

Rachel Shteir in Chicago. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Author and professor Rachel Shteir caused a stir with her Chicago-bashing New York Times article earlier this month. Here’s a portrait from my archives, shot in 2005 for a profile in the Reader. The Reader‘s Michael Miner weighs in on Shteir’s article here, and follows up here.

APA award

Ania jumping in the air. Photo by Jim Newberry.

This photo just won an APA award. Thanks to Ania Sodziak for the inspiring pose.

Rest in Peace John Grabski III

Last November I met John Grabski III, who was in town recording an album (as “Teeth”) with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio. I was planning on waiting until the record was pressed to post the photos, but I just heard the terrible news that he died (I’m not yet exactly sure when–sometime in the last few days). He had long known that he had cancer and didn’t have long to live, but nonetheless this came as a shock. I was looking forward to meeting him again and talking to him about the finished record. I only spent a couple hours with him but he made quite an impression in that short time. The record, called “The Strain,” is here.

John Grabski III at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Photo by Jim Newberry.
John Grabski III at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Photo by Jim Newberry.