Our Photographers

From the Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, CAAAP members and their work have been featured in Chicago's daily newspapers. Over the ensuing years, 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. They have been interviewed on Chicago radio stations, WVON, and WBEZ and television stations, CLTV, NBC-TV, ABC-TV and written about in Vibe Magazine.
Members are listed along with their web sites and shooting styles. Our members shoot a wide variety of photographic mediums and we have it easy to select one for your needs.


Kaye Cooksey, 55 graduated in 2012 from Columbia College with a BA in Photography with a focus in Web Development and hopes to continue in a Masters Degree program in the near future. In her free time she maintains several websites for Masonic and other non-profit groups. Kaye attended Spelman College as a Computer Science Major. Kaye is a huge Nikon fan who loves nature, urban life and travel photography. In her spare time she is a flight attendant for United Airlines and lives on Facebook.
"If I can put a clear image of what I see through my camera into the minds of my audience I have empowered them. To record and to communicate my photographic vision into a clear mental image into my audience I invite them to feel what I'm feeling."


John Alexander


John Alexander, head of JLA Media, has been a professional videographer for over nine years and a professional photographer for over three years. He has provided videography and photography for national organizations such as the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, The MAGIC Foundation, The 12th Annual Football Classic and How Sweet The Sound Gospel Contest. He has provided video production and editing services for Pam Zeckman of Fox 32 news. As a Producer with Chicago Access Network Television, he has produced over 40 television shows for Channel 36, featuring notable church pastors throughout Chicago. Certified as a Computer Technician by Control Data Institute in 1985 and certified as an Executive Secretary by American Business Institute in 1983, he served as Media and Computer consultant for Alderman William Burnett. He taught video production and editing to students at Betty Shabazz International Charter School. A professional base player for over 32 years and a professional sound engineer for over 30 years, he is currently studying to be an Adobe Certified Editor.
He serves as Videographer for Academic Charter School and Lindbloom High School in Chicago. He is Director of Audio Visual for Proud Professionals Educating Services. He is Director and Co-Host of The Media Connection, a weekly news show on CAN-TV 19 in Chicago. He is currently directing a new television talk show for BET. As a new member of the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers, he is the featured photographer in a special photography project for the City of Chicago highlighting the plight of homeless women.


In 1990, I began my love for photography at South Shore Community Academy. I received a NAACP ACT-SO bronze medal, Chicago Scholastic Arts Award & 2nd place best portfolio award for photography. In 1992, while working for A-1 Photo Service Inc., as a Legal Photo Lab Assistant, I continued taking college photo classes, as I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems from Chicago State University in 1997, and I am a current MFA graduate student at Governors State University majoring in Independent Film/Digital Imaging.
In 2011, after leaving my 14 year postal career due to health reasons, my love for photography continues. I have taken photo/graphic design classes at Chicago State University. I have assisted my Photo Instructor with several photo shoots. April 2013, I had my first art show at Studio 71 Art Gallery. And I have worked several photo projects. Currently, I am a member of the Sound/CD Ministry, Photographer/Videographer for the Next Level Drama Ministry at Carter Temple CME Church. And I am a member of the CAAAP (Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers), SSAC (South Side Art Center) & Chicago State Alumni Association.


Cynthia Anderson is a native Chicagoan with several years experience in photo journalism. Her passion for photo journalism began while working in the property management industry. She has photographed building construction and renovations, disasters, resident activities, employee development programs for newsletters and companies Intranets. Her photographs provided historical archives for companies that tell a story of accomplishments and successes made by residents, company team members and community partners. Cynthia has also photographed a variety of events ranging from private parties, social gatherings, family reunions, fashion shows, worship services, and concerts to sporting and political events.

Cynthia enjoys life and living it to the fullest with family, friends and colleagues. While she has a strong passion and enjoys capturing memorable moments and events through her camera lens, she holds fast to a strong work ethic and principles of customer service and excellence.

Founder & Lifetime Member
Bob Black

Bob A. Black started his career as a professional photographer in 1965, working at the Chicago Defender as a staff photographer. By the time Black joined the Defender, it had already established itself as the largest African American-owned newspaper in the nation, and had been fighting for full equality for African Americans since its inception in 1905. In 1968, Black left the Defender for the Chicago Sun-Times where he remains today as a photographer.
As a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Black was one of the founders of the Visual Task Force, an organization of still and video photographers within the NABJ. He is also a founding member of the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers (CAAAP), established in 1999 to bring together local African American photographers to promote their work and educate future generations.
Bob has been the recipient of numerous awards, including collecting first place at the World Press Photo Competition. He also actively pursues projects outside his work for the newspaper, including a series of photographs of life in the Dominican Republic and a series of photographs displayed along with other CAAAP members at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.

Terrence Blount


Born in Chicago, but raised in Waukegan, IL, I began photography at an early age shooting classmates between class periods. The money I made from my first job, went towards a new camera and advance courses in photography.
I attended UIC after high school and was a contributing photographer for THE CHICAGO FLAME newspaper for 2 years. Since then I've been a contributing photographer for several newspapers and magazines, including CHICAGO DEFENDER, BRIDES NOIR, VESTITURE, RAVE, and SUPERMODELS. I've specialized in photographing events, portraits, weddings, and quinceaneras.



There is a point where photographs (composition) make sense. Photographs are about something. The most successful (photos) have some emotional component that humans respond to. I look for something interesting; something humane for connection. This is why most of my work is about people. I am Michael J. Bracey, a freelance photographer currently residing in Chicago, Illinois. My work has been published in various magazines, newspapers, annual reports, and purchased by many private collectors worldwide. I hold an Associates of Arts degree from Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kansas (1979), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Webster University, St. Louis, MO (1981), and a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago (1997).
I am fortunate to have received great praise and recognition for my lectures, photography exhibitions, and have acquired various awards; the most recent being a grant from the Community Arts Assistance Program in Chicago (2004), and a fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council (2003) for my Africans Within the Americas project (exhibition & book of the same title) and the 1987 Pulitzer winner John H. White Award for Portfolio of the Year (2001); and the book titled, The Journey: The Next 100 Years (2006 release) published by the CAAAP in conjunction with Roosevelt University Press, the Chicago Historical Society, and Chicago Tribune newspaper.
I am a member of the Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers (CAAAP) and was president from March 2002ñApril 2004; an associate member with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); and a member with the City of Chicagoís African Advisory Council where their focus is bridging the differences between the African, African-American, and West Indian cultures within the city.


Larry Bradley, born, and raised on the south side of Chicago, at the age of 19 I met a guy in the neighborhood who had two items he was trying to sale. One was a 38 snub nose gun, the other was a Pentax 35mm film camera. Well, being the son of a preacher man there was only one clear choice for me, I purchase the Pentax for $130.00. My knowledge of using the camera was very limited and back then there was no Google or YouTube all I had at the time was the city public library. Reading books help me understand how to use my first camera. I like the idea of creating art as well telling a story through my photos. Abstract photography is my favorite because it gives you so many elements to work with curves, symmetry, patterns, and angles, to name a few. In abstract photography there are dimensions rarely seen in other media. I also like taking photos at special events and street photography.

Sargeant at Arms
Bernard Brown


Bernard Brown, Sr., his passion as a landscape and portrait photographer started 20 years ago and since that time he have traveled to Europe and Africa in search for the never ending opportunity to capture the essence of a moment frozen in time that can tell a story without spoken or written word.
Although I have been a photographer for 20 years, in order to adapt to the digital age I decided to enroll in a school for photographers so I am currently a student at the New York Institute of Photography as a student at large.
I call Chicago, Illinois my home and love living in a big city with all its faults and wonders.
I am a freelance photographer and have been a member of the Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers for only 6 months but during that time I have met some of the most knowledgeable and sharing members so I plan on being with this organization for many years to come.

Founder & Lifetime Member
Milbert Brown


Milbert O. Brown, Jr. in 1963, a shy second grader told his parents that he aspired to become a reporter after writing a class story about the new young American President, John F. Kennedy. Brown later purchased his first camera by selling Grit newspapers to his neighbors in Gary, Indiana. By age 12, he was writing and photographing his family.
But, it was the viewing of a short feature film about legendary filmmaker, photojournalist and writer Gordon Parks that made an indelible impression on him. The experience exposed Brown to new and creative ways of storytelling and reporting. While at the Tribune he served as a picture editor and photojournalist covering local, national and international assignments. Brown was a member of the Tribune's 2001 Pulitzer Prize team for Explanatory Reporting. He also has received several awards in photojournalism for "Outstanding Coverage of the Black Condition," presented by the National Association of Black Journalists.
Milbert Brown graduated with a B.S. in journalism from Ball State University in 1978. Later, earning a graduate scholarship to study at Ohio University's prestigious School of Visual Communication, where he completed a Master of Arts degree in 1982. Brown was the Founding President of the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers (CAAAP). In 1999, he conceived the idea to photographically document the life and culture of Chicago area African-Americans at the turn of the new century in a project titled "The Journey: the Next 100 Years." He co-edited and wrote the introduction for "The Journey," the project's book in 2006. Brown's website is: www.milbertbrown.com, is the Creative Director of Brown Images and web blog editor of "The Brown Report,".

Tenisha Brownlee


I enjoy shooting a variety of different subjects from landscapes to memorable events that happen in everyday life. Using different locations and having unique compositions of the various subject matters play a large part in obtaining magazine quality photos. In my work I hope to deliver the "WOW factor and to bring a smile on to your face. I specialize in capturing candid moments. I get a rush from being able to freeze a moment in time with every release the shutter. Having a digital camera lets you save your memories that often get pushed aside for new ones. I am an advocate that joyous occasions should always be captured in a photo. My goal as a photographer is to make my finished project a masterpiece that you will love and cherish for years to come.



I am a photographer because I love capturing the beauty and passion of every day life. Photography is a medium that records a moment in time. As a photographer, I enjoy finding a compelling image within that moment and sharing the story behind that image whenever possible. I am Crystal Wiley-Brown, I have a BA in English/Mass Communications from Spelman College and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Clark Atlanta University. After working in corporate America for several years, I followed my dream to pursue photography as an art form and began extensive study at Columbia College Chicago. My photographic style is photojournalism with an emphasis on people. I shoot portraits, special events, nature and cityscapes.


Louis Byrd Photography

Louis Byrd III is an award winning photojournalist from Chicago's South Side. Specializing in editorial, special event/promotional, wedding and public relations photography, Louis has served as photo editor and principal photographer at Cachet Magazine and has also shot for both N'DIGO Magapaper and the Chicago Defender. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, His work has appeared in Ebony/Jet, The Chicago Reporter, Proud Magazine, Journey Magazine and Eastman Kodak's online publication. Louis has done promotional and public relations photography for several advertising firms, corporations and non-profit organizations.
Those include: Flowers Communications, Burrell Advertising, R.J. Dale Advertising, E. Morris Communications, Lawry's Foods, Dominick's Foods, Jewel/Osco, Citicorp, Miller Brewing, Art Institute of Chicago, McDonald's/BMOA (Black McDonald's Operator's Association), American Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, Inner City Games Foundation, March of Dimes Foundation, Juwan Howard Foundation, WMAQ-TV, WFLD-TV, WVON-AM, WGCI-FM/WGRB-AM and WPWX-FM (Power 92).
Louis' interest in photography was sparked by the fascinating photo essays he saw in Time, Life and National Geographic magazines as a high school freshman and developed a passion for "telling the story with pictures."
Louis has received numerous awards for his work including an award from the Chicago Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) for Excellence in Photography/Multiple Images; 1st place winner in the Chicago Alliance of African American photographers (CAAAP) Photo Shoot Out Competition for 2001 and 2nd place winner for Photographer of the Year.
Louis was also one of 50 black photographers that participated in a historic photographic project entitled "The Journey: The Next 100 Years" that documented life in Chicago's African American community at the turn of the century. That exhibit debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the historic South Side Community Arts Center in February 2001 and has since toured the Chicago area.
Louis has also had his work on display as part of the Black Creativity juried art exhibit held at the Museum of Science and Industry in February of 2002.

Cathleen Campbell

Cathleen Campbell is a filmmaker and photographer. Her photograph "Slit" was chosen for the Black Creativity exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in 2017. You can see this photo and other samples of her work on her photo website: cccpix.com. Photographs from her "African Traces" series were included in the "Ubuntu" exhibit at La Maison D'Art in 2016 (part of the Harlem Arts Festival). Photos from her "Harlem" series were exhibited in the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance's "Selfless Selfies" exhibit in 2014. Her short film, "OUTTA MY NAME," was televised nationwide in the African American Short Films series this past December. It also screened at the 2016 Manhattan Film Festival, the National Black Writer's Conference, the African-American Women in Cinema Film Festival and the 2015 Reel Sisters Film Festival.
"OUTTA MY NAME" (4 mins.) uses humor to address-- and subvert-- traditional notions about identity, self-respect and belonging.
She recently completed another short film, a drama: "Langston Hughes' MOTHER TO SON." It's based on the Harlem Renaissance writer's 1922 poem with the famous line, "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. "
She has directed several other shorts and is developing her first feature film. Her "SUMMER BREAK" script was a finalist for the Urbanworld Film Festival's 2014 Screenplay Competition. She participated in Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab for 3 years. She was commissioned by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum to direct the "MECHANICAL BRIDES" documentary. She freelanced as a video camerawoman for several years.
Campbell is a Yale graduate and can converse in four languages-- which she's usually too modest to mention. She was born on the South Side of Chicago, and currently splits her time between New York City and Chicago. For the record, Chicago has much better pizza than New York—Deep dish!


Levilyn Chriss, who is a member of Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers, was born in New Orleans, raised in New York, and currently lives in Chicago. Levilyn started her studies at Kennedy King College where she received her Associate in Applied Science Degree in Media Communications. Kennedy King afforded her the opportunity to build a solid interest in video production, television production, and photography. Levilyn continued her education at Chicago State University where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Communications, Media, Arts, and Theater. Ms. Chriss sought after higher education and received her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Independent Film and Digital Imaging at Governors State University. Levilyn has since become a member of Reel Black Filmmakers and continues to practice her skills independently as a videographer and photographer.

Areas of interest: Photojournalism.

Danielle Clark


I am a Multimedia Photojournalism student at Columbia College Chicago and I am experience in multiple forms of photography. I transferred from the University of Michigan-Dearborn where I've taken relative coursework such as Photojournalism and History and Theory of Documentary. I have also taken a previous film photography class at Oakland County Community College located in Royal Oak,MI. I am a photographer and I own Studio D Communications, LLC (A.K.A Studio D Photography). My plan moving forward is to become a wedding photographer based out of Chicago, IL.

Abena Sharon-Dale

Abena Sharon Dale developed a passion for photography at an early age. She graduated with a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration from Rosary College in River Forest, IL. Abena's artistic focus began as she studied photography at Chicago State University and has since explored and documented the beauty and interactions of the African experience. Her diverse photographic interests are documentary, photojournalism and events. She has been an active member of CAAAP since 2006. Abena is currently the CAAAP secretary and has served since 2007.
Ms. Dale's major influences are Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Gerald Maurice Evans

Gerard M. Evans has enjoyed working in various aspects of broadcast production for over ten years. Since graduating from Chicago State University in 2000, he has worked freelance in many television productions and the independent film industry, earning several awards including an Emmy in 2008. Gerard's desire to study still photography lead him to purchase his first DSLR in 2009 and enrolled in several photography courses. During his first fine art gallery exhibition, Gerard was honored by Chicago State University as they purchased one of his prints to display in the University Art Gallery. In an attempt to develop a photographic style, Gerard sought out others of like passion. As a result, he became a member of the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers in September 2009. Gerard currently resides in Chicago with his wife Mary who is also a photographer. As a team, they enjoy shooting special events, children portraits, fashion, historical architecture, as well fine arts photography.

Foster Garvin


I am Foster Garvin Jr. and I am a photographer. I am the principal party of 2elevenphotography. I shoot weddings, special events, portraits, fine art, landscape and cityscapes to name some of what I photograph. Over the years I have transitioned from film to digital and that has lead me further into the "artist" end of the medium. When photographing people, I prefer a photojournalistic approach, but at the end of the day, I just love capturing images. I have worked with a number of organizations over the years and have captured everything from politicians to babies, from zebras to water lilies. I am available for events of every type.
I can be found on the web or at my blogsite.

Matt Marion Gibson IV

The Son of two photographers, Matt fell in love with the Art at an early age and by the age of 10 began shooting with his Polaroid. Becoming can an enthusiast by 20, he has since taken on the craft on a more professional roll specializing in Headshots and events. Over the past 3 years he has been the resident photographer for the Metroboard of the Urban League, and shared his passion for people shooting projects for educational development, social justice reform, and spreading awareness through Breast Cancer and Autism awareness walks around the Chicagoland area. His images mostly consist of communities, families, and individuals, coming together, to make this world a better place! Influenced by the photographers he's met along his own photographic journey and the pioneers who came before him, Matt looks to spread the influence and pay homage through inspirational images. "Photography, tells the truth in a moment and expresses a divine connection to a persons perspective. Finding the beauty in the world and being able to share it with the people around me is my passion, so I approach everyday as a student looking, to learn, grow, and teach along the way!"


A recent transplant from Los Angeles to Chicago, Warren Hill is an Emmy award-winning television cameraman. He is involved in both the world of grassroots social-justice community organizers and their allies and the Los Angeles & Chicago jazz & blues scene. Warren's images convey the feelings, experiences, and emotions of the people he photographs.
Areas of interest: Photojournalism.


South side, Chicago native, Manford Holmes' love of photography began during his childhood. His parents encouraged him to take learning seriously, and have fun at the same time. The fascination began with the photos his mother kept in family albums. His father also taught him basic drawing techniques. Sometimes, they drew pictures using the photos in the family album. Manford even experimented, by water coloring a couple of photos in the albums. Painting and drawing became hobbies that lead to participation in art fairs, such as the Lake Meadows, Black Esthetics, and PUSH Expo, fairs. Photography grew, from a way to capture images that could be turned into paintings, and drawings, to a strong love of both photographs and paintings. During his teens, Manford even purchased a photo developing kit, on sale at Central Camera, to develop his own film. His father helped him use the kit, by turning their bathroom into a darkroom, after everyone in the house fell asleep. A former member of the Fort Dearborn Camera Club, Manford's basic photography training was provided through, trial and error, and classes at the Hyde Park Art Club, and the Hyde Park Art Center, under the instruction of photographers such as, Victor Powell. In addition to joining CAAAP, Manford continues to explore ways to exhibit work, and improve his skills using social media platforms.


I am Isadore Howard, a Chicago based freelance photographer. I got my start in the visual arts at Dunbar Vocational high school in Chicago, majoring in the graphic arts. After graduating high school I was accepted into bachelor of fine arts program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While attending SAIC I change my focus from drawing and painting to photography, receiving a BFA in photography with a minor in drawing. After college I landed a full-time position as a corporate/industrial photographer with Lawson Products Inc. My tenure with Lawson lasted twenty-two years. At Lawson I develop several studio photographic techniques that result in huge saving in time and material. I shot all formats from 35mm to large formats, four-by-five, eight-by-ten. I travel extensively throughout the US and Canada shooting corporate conferences, executive portraits, new building construction, etc. I was the lead photographer in assisting the photo studio transition from a film base workflow to all digital format. It was from my recommendation that the digital cameras, lens, computers, softwares and lighting equipment was purchased. I had the added responsibility of learning this new system as well as researching the necessary upgrades as this new technology unfolded. After Lawson I have travel several times to sub Saharan Africa (Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Cameroon) on personal assignment, documenting the culture, people and the landscape. My photographs has been publish worldwide in countless magazines, newspapers, books, posters. For over forty years I have been the personal photographer for many, artists, galleries and art collectors. I am the official photographer for the African International House and Diaspora Rhythms art collectors organization. 

Sonja Hughes

My name is Sonja Hughes. I have had a liking for photography for some years now. I began taking photographs of just about anything, from family members, special occasions, the light and the darkness, for I always carried my camera with me. My love for photography continued to grow, as I learned something new everyday. I noticed, that I began see everyday life differently, as far as colors, shapes and facial expressions, or perhaps the texture of skin. Stay tuned, while I guide you on my photographic journey.


Adrienne Imani

As far as I can remember, let's just say 6th grade, I wanted to be a photographer. I believe the idea came about maybe during an elementary school trip, but I remember saying when I grow up I want to be a photographer. After graduating from 8th grade, I attended South Shore High School and was enrolled in the JTP (Journalism, Television, Photography) program. That exposure came to an end months later because we had move. The new school didn't have a program like South Shore High School. At that point I began buying disposible cameras whenever I had money and captured lots of candid photos of friends and family. This hobby continued throughout the years until in college I had taken photography classes as electives. From there I was revisited with my love for photography other than disposibles. In 2008, I considered myself a professional and has been shooting ever since. Today photography is therapy as well as the love of my life. I wish I can do this all day every day.

Brian Jackson

Photojournalist at the Chicago Sun Times, and former chief photographer at the Chicago Defender.


Temitayo Jaiyeola (aka Tayo) runs TJaiye Photos and he is a Chicago born, Nigeria raised photographer. He studied Aerospace Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, with photography stirring up a passion in him along the way. His work is comprised mainly of portraits, sports and event photography.
He is based in Chicago, and is available for work worldwide.

Don Kelly

Don Kelly is the co-founder and video-photo coordinater at Chicago Media Live. He is the CEO and Founder at The Spot Multi-media Center. Don has worked at UP Production and has studied History/Journalism at Franklin College and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Naimah Latif


Naimah Latif is a photo journalist whose photography training came from the University of Nebraska where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism. As a journalist, she has contributed photos accompanying her news stories to National Newspaper Publishers Association newswire and to the Windy City Word news paper, where she served as Managing Editor. She is publisher of ON AIR Magazine and a contributing photographer. A 30 year videographer, she is Executive Producer of The Media Connection TV Show, a public affairs program airing weekly on Cable TV and available daily on YouTube. As a journalist for the international peace organization HWPL, she travels abroad and attends the annual WARP conference in Seoul South Korea. She has produced photos and videos from events in Japan, China and South Korea.
Areas of interest: Photojournalism.

Jim Morris


I have been a member of the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers since 1999. During that time, I have served as vice president, President, and as a member of the Board of Directors. Photographically, The Chicago Community Trust, Seaway Bank & Trust, and Hull House have displayed my images in their publications and my work has been represented by Flat File Gallery of Chicago.

Curtis Morrow


Curtis J. "Kojo" Morrow, author and jewelry maker was born March 27, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois.  66 years ago (now 76).  He decided that the Art's, would be the essence of his life and livelihood.  In 1965, he took a 3 week vacation to Africa, which lasted 11 years. "IT WAS LIKE BEING BORN AGAIN".  There he was taught the traditional African art of cow horn and ivory carving, a skill which enabled him to be self-employed and an employer. Since retiring,  he is devoting the remaining days of his life to TRAVELS and PHOTOGRAPHY. Revisiting some of the beautiful places he has been blessed to visit during his youth. "The Value Of Art(?) Is it a value the beholder places on it or the artist values? Frankly I could care less, since the love affair I have with any work of art I've created end when the work was finished. Also a work of art should tell its own story. Thus the saying, "a picture is worth a thousand-words." View his site  http://mysankofa2012.artspan.com/


Philemon Najieb, is an accomplished lensman whose body of work is focused in the areas of beauty & fashion, lifestyle, portraiture, and photojournalism including his award winning photography for Emerge during the magazines brief but extremely significant decade long reign as "Black America's News Magazine".
Najieb has been a member of the Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers since the organizations inception in 1999 and has served on various committees and as Vice President and Board Member.
"As a photographer I'm constantly challenged by light, the most daunting element of the photographic process; an element without which photography would cease to exist".

William Neal

William Neal, born 1946 in Chicago Il., and educated in the Chicago School System. I Learned photography in the Chicago Park District and studied with Mr.L Johnson and later mentored by Mr. Doyle Wicks.
My main photographic interest is jazz photography, nature, landscape and sports. I have a very deep interest in reading, yoga, tennis and music especially black classical music (jazz). In spite of being profoundly deaf. I have worked in the photographic industry for 28 years.
I consider myself an artist not a professional photographer.



My name is Roby Nyther I am a freelance artist located in Chicago, Illinois. I have done freelance photography and digital art for quite some time.
Just as some artist would take a brush and paint to a canvas I do the same only with my camera and computer to make them my canvas. Thank you

Curtis Prince

Curtis Prince, born in Chicago Il., in 1946. He grew up on the south side of the city called Bronzeville.  At an early age of 12, his artistic talents became apparent to his art teacher at Forrestville Elementary School. She helped to guide him in crafting his skills in figure drawing and sketching. He developed a keen sense for detail. When he was age 16, he built his own fully functioning medium format box camera. It was entirely constructed of card board paper. This sparked a life long passion for photography. Although Curtis has had many diversified interests which has taken him into medical sciences, electronics, carpentry and an all out mister fix-it image, his hobbies and creative concerns has always been in the arts. He has been inspired by the works of A. Ansel, Gordon Parks, Norman Rockwell and his personal association with renowned artists Michalopoulos and Mathew Peck of New Orleans.
Presently, Curtis is a member of CAAAP, SSCAC and Washington Park Camera Club. He is a free-lance photographer, whose main interest is in the field of Fine Arts.

Larry Redmond

Larry Redmond, graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he majored in Philosophy and minored in English.  He later attended the John Marshall Law School, earning a Juris Doctor degree.  He studied art and photography at Chicago State University where he developed a passion for Documentary Photography and Photojournalism.  He became a member of the Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers because he appreciated the organization's dedication of professionalism and excellence in the practice of the art of photography.  He is also a member of the Washington Park Camera Club.
He currently lives in Chicago with his wife and five children.


Areas of interest: Photojournalism, weddings.

Worsom Robinson

As one of the photographers for the Chicago Defender, one of the oldest African-American newspapers in the country, and The Chicago Sun Times, his camera is omnipresent at any community, political or sporting event of importance. He is a talented and respected portrait photographer, and his pictures hang proudly in a dizzying number of Chicago homes. Worsom truly is a modern day "Picture Man."
"I have had photos in Vibe, Sports Illustrated, Chicago Defender, Ebony/Jet, and Chicago SunTimes to name a few. I have over 28 years of experience. If you have any questions or desire further information please contact me via email at worsom@comcast.net or 773-875-6666. I hope I can help U in anyway.

Bill Scott


Bill Scott has worked in the photography field for the past 27 years, from being the photo editor and part owner to a community news paper; owning his own photography corporation  that specialize in public relation. Bill has been a member of the   Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers for 10 years, since it's Founding in 1999, he attendant the   American Academy of Arts  (chgo)   Bill is part owner of a full service photography studio.  

Bobby Sengstacke

Robert Abbott ("Bobby") Sengstacke, For nearly 50 years, has been immersed in documenting African American culture through multi-media visual arts. He is an award-winning photojournalist who the New York Times called "one of the most significant photographers of the Civil Rights generation." Sengstacke held several administrative and management positions in journalism, including serving as editor and publisher of the Memphis Tri-State Defender. His photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, of the Nation of Islam, and of daily life in Chicago 's neighborhoods, have been widely acclaimed.  His work has been exhibited at New York's Schaumburg Center for Research in Black Culture and at Washington 's Smithsonian Institution.   Since 1993, he has been president of Sengstacke Media Productions, based in Chicago . His current work includes fine art photography, exhibit design, videography, and over 60 film documentaries, including two award-winners at the Berlin Film Festival.  Bobby actively photographs every day. He is a founding member of CAAAP.

Tony Smith

Tony Smith is a multidisciplinary artist who has been teaching the multimedia arts, audio engineering, and graphic design for over 20 years. He has taught multimedia arts at Chicago State, Roosevelt University and currently at the Urban Prep Bronzeville Campus. Smith collaborated with Theaster Gates on "Speak Easy" a Sunday night of live jazz and open mike poetry at the Velvet Lounge, Demise of the South Side Community Art Center, and documented the Dorchester Street project. He has an extensive exhibition record, his independent film, Soul of a Woman, codirected with David Weathersby, was featured at the Black Harvest Film Festival and was nominated for an African America Alliance Award, and that evening won the award for his Black and White Photography exhibit at SSCAC. He co-published Oscar Brown Jr. book "What it Is" and "Sons of Lovers". He is currently producing a coffee table book and documentary film "Black is Beautiful". This project, will feature B&W portraits and video reflections by Chicago artists, arts educators and activists.


Born in Chicago, IL. Derick Triplett captured his love for photography as a teenager, photographing people, places, things and before the (camera phone) era, his own selfies. He's done photography for CPS, newpapers such as The Crusader newspaper, and The Chicago Defender, McDonald's, weddings as well as countless other events. “I love sharing my passion for photography and video with the world every moment I can!”


David Troutman-Wilkin

David Trotman-Wilkins is an award winning News Photojournalist formerly with the Chicago Tribune after working there for 11 years. David, a graduate candidate in the Photojournalism Master’s Program at Syracuse University’s Newhouse school, has been a member of the Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers for 10 years, since it’s founding in 1999. David has been a practicing photojournalist for the past 25 years with several large and medium sized newspapers, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Syracuse Post-Standard. David is a graduate from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications with a BA in photojournalism and Sociology, 1975.
Dave, as he is known by his family, friends and associates is a resident of Syracuse New York, and enjoys many aspects of photography, but his specialty seems to be news, sports and documentary images. Dave’s other interest are travel and documentary photography, scuba diving, jazz music, cooking and the arts.



I'm a self taught photographer residing in the Chicago area. My main photography interests are portrait, street and travel.


I can't recall when I began taking photos. I think somewhere around my mid 20's. As a child I always enjoyed looking at the photo albums of my family and friends over and over again. My mother was my influence. She opened the door to photography for me. She always carried a camera. I began with a Brownie that my grandmother gave me. I used one of those awful Kodak cameras with the square bulb that never stayed put. Along the way my parents bought me my first REAL camera. Canon.
I hold a BA from Columbia College in Liberal Arts with a minor in photography. I have a MAS degree in Media Communications from Governors State University. I love to shoot everything! Of course primarily, in Black and White. I seek anything from events of any sort to birthday parties and from musical venues to civil unrest. I am an artist with a multitude of talents, yet a master at none. I consider myself to be a diamond in the rough. I really don't know the true definition of a professional photographer. My vision of self is that of a documentarian. That's what I strive to do through my photography. I just want the imagery to tell a story and I want the viewer to get it.

Lifetime Member
Michelle Agins

Michelle Agins served as Personal Photographer to the late Chicago mayor, Harold Washington, the first African American woman selected for this position. She was the first African American woman to join the International Photographers of the Motion Picture Industries Union. Ms. Agin's photographs have appeared in numerous publications such as Ebony, Jet and Essense magazines; The Chicago Tribune and the New York Times; Associated Press and UPI. She is prominently featured in "Songs of My People"; and "Viewfinders: An Anthology of Black Women Photographers." Ms. Agins has won numerous awards, and been nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize.
Currently, Ms. Agins is a staff photographer for the New York Times and is working on a book and exhibit about Harold Washington.















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