CAAAP Officers

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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.

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.


I am Farrad Ali, a Chicago-based freelance photographer.  I am the official photographer for the Hyde Park Jazz Society and one of the staff photographers for  I have contributed images to various CD covers, inserts, and other artist promotional materials. 
Over the last few years, I have developed an affinity for photographing musicians in the Chicago area.  I equate photographers and musicians in the same ilk.  We both are struggling to improve our sound and we tend to be critical of our work in the process.  10,000 hours of practice on a musician's instrument is transformed into art with a click of the shutter. 
This journey in photography has led me to view my cameras as instruments that display sound. I have been a member of CAAAP for 2 years and it is my hope that my work in photographing the Chicago jazz scene, Chicago architecture, and Chicago street photography will continue to nurture the mission of CAAAP.  For more information on my photography, please visit my event photography site (

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.

CHANDRA B. ABERNATHY (Associate Student Member)

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.

John Blanton

John H. Blanton, has been involved in Photography, Film and Video since the 1960ís. His career started while in the military service. It was while working as a dark room technician that he was able to grasp the fundamentals of photography. Upon mustering out of the military John began to work at various photo labs and studios around Chicago and eventually opened his own studio in 1970. It was during this time that John met and worked with the legendry photographer, Jim Taylor who owned and managed the Community Film Workshop. It was there that John learned his film and video skills. Since then John has worked either as a free-lance photographer or assistant cameraman on various film and video projects. While John likes to shoot film and video, Photography is still his first love.
John or JB as he is known by family and friends, presently lives in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago and enjoys various aspects of photography. Nothing is more exciting than shooting fine art photography. John has been a member of the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers or CAAAP for the past 2 years.

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.

MILO BOSH (Associate Member)

Areas of interest: Photojournalism.


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.

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:, is the Creative Director of Brown Images and web blog editor of "The Brown Report,".


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.

LEVILYN CHRISS (Associate Member)

Levilyn Chriss, who is a new Associate Member of CAAAP, was born in New Orleans, raised in New York, and currently lives in Chicago. She started her studies at Kennedy King College where in 2011 she received her Associate in Applied Science Degree in Media Communications. Kennedy King afforded her the opportunity to build a solid interest in video, television production, and photography. Levilyn continued her education at Chicago State University where in 2013 she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Communications, Media, Arts, and Theater. Ms. Chriss sought after higher education and in 2016 received her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Independent Film and Digital Imaging at Governors State University.

Areas of interest: Photojournalism.

Kaye Cooksey

Kaye Cooksey, 54, graduated in 2012 from Columbia College with a BA in Phootgraphy with a focus in Web Development and hopes to continue in their 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 into the minds of my audience I have empowered them. To record and to communicate my vision into a clear image invites my audience to feel what I'm feeling.”


Jeff Crisman received a BA from Columbia College, Chicago, IL, an MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago and retired as a professor of photography after 33 years in the Illinois State University system. He is currently a Studio Instructor in photography at Harrington College of Design and an adjunct faculty member at Aurora University.
Crisman's personal and documentary projects explore cultural mythologies and human interactions with the natural environment. He has had twenty solo exhibitions in Europe, the United States and South America and taken part in numerous group exhibitions. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois State Museum, Skola Museum in Wuppertal, Germany, The Thessaloniki Museum of Photography in Greece and others.
Professional memberships include the Society for Photographic Education, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers, where he currently serves as Education Committee Chair.

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.


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.



Areas of interest: Photojournalism.

Chelsey Little

Chelsey Sincerray is a self-taught photographer from Chicago's south side Pullman/Roseland neighborhood. She lives her life with her faith on sleeves and Canon equipped every single day. Alongside her academic pursuits and accomplishments in communications, photography is her passion. Her eye is drawn to narratives that visually illustrate all aspects of life and those around her. Identified as a visual artist and documentary photographer, her career aspirations and dreams will not allow her to be comfortable at one state of mind. It is her lifetime goal to explore what the world presents everyday. In due time, she plans on building her brand alongside editorial companies and other corporation worldwide, creating urban documentary socio-political material that represents the lives of those within society. Her mission is to challenge the eye of her audience by promoting individualism and authenticity through self-expressive imagery.

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Chelsey Sincerray
Documentary Photographer

PARTHENIA LUKE (Associate Member)

Areas of interest: Photojournalism, weddings

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


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".

NORREEN NIX (Associate Member)

Areas of interest: Photojournalism.

NO'LYNN NIX (Associate Student Member)

Areas of interest: Photojournalism.


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.

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.


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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