Emmy award-winning photographer joins forces to combat gun violence in Chicago

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Courtesy Ro'Shunda Russell, Dartise Media Design

11 Emmy Award Winning photographer and videographer, Dartise Johnson, joined forces with Anthony Sturdivant and Leon Kelsick to produce "Think Before You Shoot" a short anti violence film series that hopes to stop senseless killings in Chicago. Johnson captures heart stopping images of what could be traumatic consequences of young adults firing a gun without thinking first.

Think Before You Shoot 2, a short film with a power packed message, won the Silver Award for short films in the Prestige Film Festival. Johnson is passionate about this project, his goal is to reach the shooters, the people with the guns in their hands, to see this film and positively change their lifestyle.

As we continue to celebrate a profound leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Johnson reflects on Dr. King's message, "Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now….. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.The Trumpet of Conscience, 1967.

People with guns kill people. Over 506 homicides documented in the city of Chicago in 2012 an 11% increase since 2011. In 2009, 66% of all homicides were perpetuated with guns. Our government spent over $680 billion on defense last year alone. Johnson utilizes his expertise in visual production to increase the awareness and cease the violence. He believes that a visual medium has a more powerful influence over our lives. Using his expertise in visual production as the power of influence, Dartise continues to grasp viewers' attention.

As a successful business owner of Dartise Media Design & Dartise Photography, Dartise Johnson career spans over 13 years in video production, photo journalism, video editing and photography. Johnson is a notable figure in the TV news industry, noted for his one of a kind ability to showcase your inner most thoughts through images perfectly.

About Dartise Johnson:

Dartise Johnson as owner and production manager has spent the last 13 years in broadcast news. He began his career in studio production, but quickly channeled his talents to photojournalism, video editing, and photography. He has worked as a photojournalist for domestic news outlets in Georgia, North Carolina and Illinois (CBS, NBC, and FOX affiliates). Dartise has won 11 Emmys and several regional awards. He was part of the Fox Chicago News team that recently won a Peabody award for excellent news coverage.

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deetreena perteet from chicago  

Posted: August 13th, 2013 12:34 PM

Hi my name is deetreena perteet my son is ondelee perteet please google sept 5th he was shot in the face his injuries were c4c5 asia a complete no motor skills we speak out against gun violence we would like to work with you all actually we are looking for someone who is as passionate about this as we are channel 7 covered every story on my son know we want to go to the next level 7738238765 can you please help us

Sandy from Chicago  

Posted: March 29th, 2013 1:36 PM

I would like to see your film. Where can i reach you? thank you.

Lorri Conley from Phoenix  

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 11:47 PM

I find it quite refreshing to find individuals, like Dartise Johnson that use their many years of talent and skill selflessly to advance the peace and shed meaningful light on a negative down spiraling epidemic. We need to support and encourage these businesses - recognizing the hard work, time, and effort they apply to put a stop to the madness!! We should let them know we care - contact them. Dartise Johnson & Anthony Sturdivant I commend you for not standing idle, but TAKING ACTION!!.

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