Education & Networking

Some of the main variables in the success of a photographer are education and networking. We have a variety of channels and resources that allow you to get information on photography. CAAAP offers awide range of lectures and workshops for members and non-members.

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caaapsm  Workshops


We were honored to have the first in a series three workshops at our October 15, 2017 meeting. Our first workshop was
O F F   C A M E R A   L I G H T I N G
Presenter: Worsom Robinson

caaapsm  Link Of The Month

Privacy and Copyright for Photographers: What You Need to Know

Learning about the basics of laws concerning photography is more important than ever. Whether you're a professional or a hobbyist, the laws apply to you. Inadvertently breaking the law by taking or sharing a photo that's not allowed, or using someone else's photo in an illegal way, can get you in a lot of trouble with the law — and cost you thousands of dollars in legal fees.
Before you snap your next photo or use an image you find online, make sure you're familiar with how privacy and copyright laws work. Visit:Privacy and Copyright for Photographers: What You Need to Know.

caaapsm  Must Have Books

Great photographers have great libraries on their craft, and YES they have actually read the books. Here is a must have book for your library.

The Artist's Odyssey By Curtis J. Kojo Morrow
CAAAP member Curtis J. "Kojo" Morrow has lead an amazing life as a photographer, an artist, a writer and even a jeweler.

The Artist's Odyssey

"My Odyssey begins with family and well-wishers expressing their opinions about what I could not do. When asked why their response was simply "because you are African American and African American's just don't do those things." Well, so far I have accomplished everything that I set out to do in my exciting epic journey. For details of my Odyssey, visit the online website below: Now, after thirty-five years of World Travels, Jewelry Designing, and Lost Wax Casting, I have returned to my first love, oil painting, and freelance photography. This paperback version of the "Artist's Odyssey" contains 180 + pages of Arts and Travels, Photos from 1966 to the present date 2017. A few photos may appear a little blurred due to age, but it's the Odyssey Journey that I wish to share. ENJOY and SHARE."

You can purchase his book, The Artist's Odyssey on Amazon here.

intro_editing.pdf } – This is just the introduction to the book but you can order it at


- images are fully interdependent and their order or viewing is important/complex

- variety of picture to picture relationships (visual structure, repeated motifs, color/form, metaphor)

- the way the work is revealed to the viewer is carefully considered

As you set up your images for presetation, here are some questions to ask yourself…
  • - how are you talking about the work?
  • - what ways are you using to sequence the work? color/narrative/location/line/form?
  • - what is holding it all together?

  • caaapsm  Videos of the Month

    The new book “Pictures and Progress,” co-edited by Duke Professor Maurice Wallace, looks at how the invention of photography was used for and against political gain for African Americans. Wallace introduces the book in an interview with Duke News video intern Thomas Leak. Learn more about the Duke University Press book here.

    Balancing Your Life with Ellen Susman - A Deborah Willis Interview - Ellen talks with Deborah Willis about her pioneering work as an Afro-American photographer, teacher and curator/historian. A Guggenheim fellow and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Willis describes her groundbreaking studies of the Black female body, her experience as a breast cancer survivor, and explains why photographs play such an important role in telling the stories of our lives.

    Chicago Alliance of African American President Kaye Cooksey meets with Host Naimah Latif and Director John L. Alexander in Washington DC after an address by Senator Kamala Harris at the 2017 Madeleine Albright Awards to discuss the importance of having professional photographers to capture historic moments in pictures.

    Interview With Rowena Husbands a Celebrity Photographer

    The basics of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO.

    Power of Photojournalism

    A documentary about photographer David Johnson, now 84 years old, who is the first African American student of famed photographer Ansel Adams. But unlike Ansel Adams, David Johnson found his landscape on the street where he lived. Images of people living with respect and dignity in a world of civil rights struggles and neighborhoods changed beyond recognition.He produced an invaluable collection of black and white images from 1946 to 1966 showing the social, political and private lives of Blacks living in San Francisco's Fillmore District. His work has been featured in galleries, books, and PBS documentaries. Several of his prints are included in the Library of Congress and his name is etched in concrete at the Fillmore Plaza in San Francisco.

    caaapsm  African American Legends in Photography

    DWillis African American Legends: Chester Higgins, Jr., has worked as a New York Times photographer since 1975 and has exhibited in museums throughout the world. His one-man exhibitions have appeared at the International Center of Photography, The Museum of Photographic Arts, The Smithsonian Institution, The Museum of African Art, Musée Dapper Paris, The Schomburg Center, The New-York Historical Society and the Schatten Gallery at Emory University.
    A 2005 Guggenheim and Fletcher Fellow, a 2000 MacArthur Fellow, 1996 Recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Award, and now an artist, she is one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture. Check out this interview with CUNY's African American Legends.
    Visit the amazing photographic world of Chester Higgins Jr.

    DWillis Photographer, author, and Lecturer, DEBORAH WILLIS, PH.D. (Professor of Photography and Imaging in New York University, and at the Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography and Imaging) named among the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photography Magazine, Dr. Deborah Willis is Chair and Professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she also has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies.
    A 2005 Guggenheim and Fletcher Fellow, a 2000 MacArthur Fellow, 1996 Recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Award, and now an artist, she is one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture. Check out this fabulous trailblazer.

    CRITIQUING: GIVING AND RECEIVNG One of the best ways to improve as a photographer is frequent critiquing, giving it as well as and receiving it.

    How well do you know the basic terms and elements of photography?
    Take the Basic Photography Quiz.     And then check your answers    Basic Photography Quiz Answers


    National Geographic photographer Ruddy Roye captured meaningful moments during the opening of the long-awaited museum.


    Jules Lion...The first African American Photographer


    Nicéphore Niépce, a French inventor, most noted as one of the inventors of photography and a pioneer in the field.


    William Henry Fox Talbot, British inventor and a pioneer of photography.


    Victoria Kelly on running an efficient photo studio



    Photographer's Rights in Public Spaces

    A very helpful single sheet printout written by Bert P. Krages II. He is a lawyer who specializes in this type of law. Print this out and keep it in your camera bag if you photograph in public spaces. If someone gives you a hard time for photographing in a place you know you have a right to be, this may help you out (but these days it may not).



    Photographer’s Rights Letter to NPPA

    A more in-depth, and perhaps more official, document written by Kurt Wimmer and John Blevins of Covington & Burling to the National Press Photographers Association in August of 2005. The letter outlines very specifically the rights of journalists on public streets. A good document to have both a digital and a hard copy of somewhere handy.


    You Should be Shooting Something Everyday

    The Thing Itself: The fundamental principle of photography. An article written by Bill Jay who believes an earnest and honest appreciation of subject matter is the genesis of a clearer, deeper vision. Photography is rooted in The Thing Itself. This article has been reproduced more often than any other piece he has written. It was first published in Newsletter, Daytona Beach Community College, in 1988 - but it is still being used by and copied for college students.

    The Value of Photography

    by Debra Weiss

    OK - so you probably don't want your kids to grow up to be cowboys but according to a New York Magazine article on salaries, you might want them to consider photography. "As soon as my kid is big enough, I'm putting a camera in her hands," a former photographer's agent says. "That's where the money is."


    Cost of Doing Business Calculator

    If you want to figure out what YOUR cost-of-doing-business is, try this easy-to-use calculator.