Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers

The "Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers" (CAAAP) was founded on March 8, 1999 by seven photographers; Leslie Adkins, Bob Black, Martha Brock, Milbert O. Brown Jr., Terry Harris, Brent Jones and Lee Landry. Their initial goal was to document Chicago’s African-American mmunities at the turn of the 21st Century. The main objectives of the organization grew to unify Chicago based professional African-American photographers, and promote the art of photography through exhibitions, lectures and educational programs. The membership of the Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers is composed of commercial, fine art, freelance, documentary, newspaper photojournalists and amateurs. Their talents cover the full spectrum of photography from street artists and news to studio photography.

Many of our members are established professionals, while others are hobbyists, but all share a common passion for the art of photography and it's power to inform, educate and record history.

Our membership has included three past Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalists, former Chicago Tribune's Ovie Carter, who won the 1975 Pulitzer for International Reporting. Milbert O. Brown Jr. and Carter were members of the Tribune's 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting team. The Chicago Sun-Times' John H. White won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. Over the ensuing years CAAAP members and their work have been featured in Chicago’s daily newspapers, from the Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Members have participated in education lectures and exhibits at Loyola University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois –Chicago and Roosevelt University, along with appearances on local media, where they were interviewed on Chicago radio stations, WVON, and WBEZ and television stations, CLTV, NBC-TV, ABC-TV and written about in Vibe Magazine.

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