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The Potluck Holiday party will be Sunday, December 13th at South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, IL from 1PM - 4:30PM. , 2015

The 2015-2016 CAAAP Elected Officers
Farrad Ali - President
Foster Garvin - Vice President
Abena Sharon Dale - Secretary
Michael Bracey - Treasurer
Bernard Brown - Sergeant of Arms



Please support fellow CAAAP member Michael Bracey

Revisiting Reparations: Afro Colombian Communities: 4th Annual Human Rights Day Show
Michael Bracey, Ruth Goring and Mary Kelsey Opening December 4, 6-10pm-
featuring Ruth Goring, Michael Bracey, and December 11, 6-10pm- featuring Mary Kelsey and discussion with Steve Cagan. Opening discussions at each reception moderated by
Kari Lydersen.
2101 South Halsted CHICAGO Illinois 60608
By appointment through 1-1-16. For an appointment call 312 852 7717.

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Inspired by Thomas Allen Harris” documentary Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People 2014 New York City premiere, Blog magazine FLAVORWIRE highlighted the works of ten essential African-American photographers who have documented the African-American experience in profound and inspiring ways.

America in the 1970s: Chicago's African-American Community
(John H. White/National Archives and Records Administration)
John H. White/National Archives and Records Administration

John H. White documents Chicago's African-American community in the 1970's. John (a CAAAP member) who went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism in 1982. John landed a job with the Chicago Sun Times in 1978, and continued to work there until May of 2013, when the newspaper laid off its entire photojournalism department. His portraits of everyday life stand the test of time, inviting the viewer to travel back a few decades, and see just how we lived.

In Focus with Alan Taylor

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. Visit our Education and Networking page on how to give and receive good a critique. Education and Networking

A few of the ladies in CAAAP have donated some images in honor of Women's History Month. Celebrating Women's History Month ~ Images of us - For us - By us...

More images will be submitted. Please check back.

Rivers of Women: The Play

Rivers of Women is a play by Shirley Bradley LeFlore that is based on some of her most prolific works of poetry rooted in the stories and voices of women, with photographs by CAAAP'S very own Michael J. Bracey A poet and oral performer, LeFlore has created a composition of music, poetry and dance created for the stage. Performed by an all female cast, this poignant, heartfelt, humorous and powerful play explores family, love, woman-to-woman experiences, race and religion. In all, it is a descriptive, evocative, lyrical production filled with folk sentiments, conjuring familiar images that seem to be more the craft of an urban anthropologist than a poet, which is clearly the genius of LeFlore's art. Rivers of Women marks the directorial debut of bestselling author and producer, Lyah Beth LeFlore, the poet's daughter.> or Purchase the Book here at

Myra Greene is an amazing African American professor at Columbia Collge in Chicago. Her latest photographic book series My White Friends features simple color portraits of people in their everyday environments. As the title indicates, the subjects are all Greene's friends, and they're all white. Greene asked them questions about "being white" while she photographed them, but they also just chatted as friends.
My White Friends is published as a book by Kehrer Verlag, and can be ordered on their website.
Check ourt Myra as she discusses some of her previous work at lecture at Bucknell University in 2011.

African American Photographs Assembled for 1900 Paris Exposition

The Paris Exposition of 1900 included a display devoted to the history and "present conditions" of African Americans. W.E.B. Du Bois and special agent Thomas J. Calloway spearheaded the planning, collection and installation of the exhibit materials, which included 500 photographs. The Library of Congress holds approximately 220 mounted photographs reportedly displayed in the exhibition (LOTs11293-11308), as well as material specially compiled by Du Bois: four photograph albums showing "Types" and "Negro Life" (LOT 11930); three albums entitled "The Black Code of Georgia, U.S.A.," offering transcriptions of Georgia state laws relating to blacks, 1732-1899 (LOT 11932); and 72 drawings charting the condition of African Americans at the turn of the century (LOT 11931). The materials cataloged online include all of the photos in LOT 11930, and any materials in the other groups for which copy negatives have been made. View these beautiful prints archived and on displayed at the library of congress: African American Photographs for 1900 Paris - Library of Congress.


Photography on the Color Line: W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture Through a rich interpretation of the remarkable photographs W. E. B. Du Bois compiled for the American Negro Exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition, Shawn Michelle Smith reveals the visual dimension of the color line that Du Bois famously called "the problem of the twentieth century." Du Bois's prize-winning exhibit consisted of three albums together containing 363 black-and-white photographs, mostly of middle-class African Americans from Atlanta and other parts of Georgia. Smith provides an extensive analysis of the images, the antiracist message Du Bois conveyed by collecting and displaying them, and their connection to his critical thought. She contends that Du Bois was an early visual theorist of race and racism and demonstrates how such an understanding makes the important concepts he developed—including double consciousness, the color line, the Veil, and second sight—available to visual culture and African American studies scholars in powerful new ways. You can purchase this book at

The Self in Black and White: Race and Subjectivity in Postwar American Photography (Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture) The Self in Black and White is a fascinating and original study of the ways in which notions about race and the self were formed, perpetuated, and contested in American photography during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, with an emphasis on images of the civil rights movement and the War on Poverty. Author Erina Duganne opens with a discussion of the Kamoinge Workshop, an African American photographers' collective from the 1960s. She goes on to discuss the 1965 government-sponsored photography exhibition "Profile of Poverty" which sought to stir up emotional support for the War on Poverty via "documentary" images of poverty and race. She analyzes the complex interconnections of race and artistic subjectivity through a comparison of the careers of Bruce Davidson, who was often praised for the artistic merit of his civil rights images, and Roy DeCarava, who was singled out for the "authenticity" of his Harlem photographs. The Self in Black and White is a compelling interdisciplinary consideration of the eye behind the camera and the formative power it wields.

Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present by Deborah Willis, demands to be included in every American family's library as an essential part of our heritage.

Reflections in Black is the first comprehensive history of black photographers. Featuring the work of undisputed masters such as James VanDerZee, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems among dozens of others, this book is a refutation of the gross caricature of black life that many mainstream photographers have manifested by continually emphasizing poverty over family, despair over hope. Nearly 600 images offer rich, moving glimpses of everyday black life, from slavery to the Great Migration to contemporary suburban life, including rare antebellum daguerrotypes, photojournalism of the civil rights era, and multimedia portraits of middle-class families. A work so significant that it has the power to reconfigure our conception of American history itself, A Los Angeles Times and Washington Post Book World Best Book of 2000, and a Good Morning, America best gift book of 2000. 600 duotone photographs, 32 pages of color. You can purchase this book at

Do you seriously believe that just because you have the word COPYRIGHT on your images in big bold pretty letters that your images are not at risk. Perhaps you think you don't need model releases...HA! Don't play yourself. You need to get and read Photographer's Survival Manual: A Legal Guide for Artists in the Digital Age (Lark Photography Book) [Paperback]

Now more than ever, anyone who wants to make money with a digital camera needs this authoritative and approachable guide. Written by the president of the Professional Photographers of America, and a leading New York copyright attorney, it provides photographers and visual artists with the most authoritative legal advice available. Everything is covered, from contracts, subcontracts, releases, and permissions to the copyright laws and all the steps artists should take to register and protect their work. Find out how to use copyright to protect your work from infringement, insure you are properly paid for your work, and how to proceed if your rights are infringed upon.
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Through A Lens Darkly

Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People is a two-hour film that will explore the role of photography, since its rudimentary beginnings in the 1840s, in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present.
Visit our Education and Network Page to view the trailer

Accepted Members of CAAAP can pay Annual dues via this website through paypal. You must be an accepted member to pay through this website. Go to the Join CAAAP page of this website.

Check out this excellent write up by By Ken Ilio from the Chicago Photography Examiner on the photography exhibition at the Woodson Regional Library showcasing the works of members of the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers.
Thanks Ken!

How well do you know the basic terms and elelments of photography? Take CAAAP basic Photography Quiz. The answers can be found on our Education and Networking page of this website.

For those financial members interested in applying for the 2014 grant, please download The CAAAP Grant Proposal.


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Who We Are

We are the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers. Founded by Leslie Adkins, Bob Black, Martha Brock, Milbert O. Brown Jr., Terry Harris, Brent Jones and Lee Landry. Our mission is to photographically document the culture and history of the African-American/African communities in both the Greater Chicago area and throughout the world, as well as providing ongoing education for our members.
We meet the third Sunday of every month at the South Side Community Art Center 3831 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL from 2pm until 4pm(unless otherwise noted). We discuss, learn, and explore photography. We also provide a working network for its membership. CAAAP is a non-profit organization, and membership is open to all beginners, amateurs and professionals. This site contains information about our organization, meetings, award winning photography of our members, and more.


Our Photographers

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Executive Director of the South Side Community Art Center, Masequa Myers

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The Journey Magazine

In March of 1999, on a cold winters day, seven Chicago photographers; Leslie Adkins, Bob Black, Martha Brock, Milbert Brown, Terry Harris, Brent Jones, and Lee Landry organized and founded The Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers (CAAAP). The idea behind CAAAP was to do something that had never been done in the African-American community. The director, Milbert O. Brown, Jr., set out to assemble some of the nation's best photographers for a photographic project that was to become known as, "The Journey".