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Matthias Moritz

Community Manager , Hambergen

Chicago "L" - commemoration of a massacre

The "L" is the nickname for Chicago´s elevated railroad, constructed and first operated in 1892.

Have you seen "While you were sleeping", "The Fugitive" or "Spiderman II"? Chicago "L" has been part of the set.

I myself was thinking about Al Capone, delivering his illegal goods, or, at worst, his deadly message, who´s the ruler in Chicago.

Capone was skillful at isolating and killing his enemies when they became too powerful. A typical Capone murder consisted of men renting an apartment across the street from the victim's residence and gunning him down when he stepped outside. The operations were quick and complete and Capone always had an alibi.

Capone's most notorious killing was the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. On February 14, 1929, four Capone men entered a garage at 2122 N. Clark Street. The building was the main liquor headquarters of bootlegger George "Bugs" Moran's North Side gang. Because two of Capone's men were dressed as police, the seven men in the garage thought it was a police raid. As a result, they dropped their guns and put their hands against the wall. Using two shotguns and two machine guns, the Capone men fired more than 150 bullets into the victims. As usual, Capone had an alibi; he was in Florida during the massacre.

Comments 24

  • El Porte-Bonheur 11/14/2009 0:56

    This is the 'complete package' Matthias, excellent street capture and conversion with fine tonality choice as well as your accompanying lines. Big compliments!
    I will have a good look at your works as soon as I have some spare time. Have a nice w-e, El
  • J e n n i f e r E. 06/08/2009 23:45

  • katy taylor 06/08/2009 23:18

    fantastic shot! so many details... great contrast... great light...
  • Simona B. 06/08/2009 22:43

    Excellent presentation.
  • TFR 05/19/2009 22:12

    Great pic, great story.

  • WGL 05/14/2009 17:13

    Great shot.Interesting story.
  • Jim McKinniss 04/27/2009 17:30

    I really enjoy your capture of light and shadow here.

    The geometries of the scene created by the steel I-beams is terrific.

  • mike snead 04/27/2009 10:20

    great shot.


  • Anders Å 04/14/2009 22:40

    Great composition with lots of depth. Framing the motif with the pillars works very well.
    Greetings, Anders
  • s. sabine krause 04/02/2009 8:42

    great b/w shot of my favorite windy city!!! love the downtown loop area, michigan avenue on a crispy cold day, that curve near oak street beach on lake shore drive… oopd, i feel wanderlust kicking in… ; ) greetings, sabine.
  • Mircea Tiron-Tudor 03/12/2009 15:03

    Well done ! I like it !
    Regards, Mircea
  • Giorgos Fidanas 03/01/2009 6:42

    Very fine work!
  • DRAGA PUC 02/28/2009 7:08

    +++ yes, very good!
  • Andrej Nagode 02/18/2009 16:54

  • Nicole Zuber 02/16/2009 14:34

    Stark in SW!
    Fein gestaltet und Klasse die Infos dazu.

    GLG - Nicole
  • Tad Kanazaki 02/16/2009 3:21

    Fine B&W & nice crop.
  • KnipsNix 02/15/2009 18:48

    Die harten Kontraste der Schatten wirken sehr spannend.
    Gruß Reiner
  • Andrea Sagawe 02/15/2009 18:39

    Fine motive, works very well in b/w. Good use of foreground to frame the scene from one side.The strong contrast gives it a good strength. Planning a trip Chicago this year...thxs for the information.

  • Maren Arndt 02/15/2009 10:05

    Erinnert an Feininger, nur die Automodelle waren damals anders.
  • Ilidio Fernandes 02/14/2009 22:33

    Excellent work , thanks for the info.
    Best wishes
  • Adele Oliver 02/14/2009 20:59

    Very strong, great play with light and shadow, great forms. And thank you for giving us the account of the massacre.
    greetings, Adele
  • Lichtbilder - Holger Sauer 02/14/2009 18:13

    genauso hab ich mir das vorgestellt, matthias!
    die starken kontraste sind der hammer!
    lg holger
  • Ilse Jentzsch 02/14/2009 17:26

    Gerade gestern habe ich davon gelesen und nun vermittelt Deine Aufnahme etwas von der Stimmung, wozu die Wahl zu s-w ordentlich beiträgt.
    Es grüßt Dich
  • Klaus Kieslich 02/14/2009 16:57

    Eine starke Aufnahme mit herlichen Licht-und Schattenspiel
    Gruß Klaus