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.


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 (


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.
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.


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.

Kaye Cooksey

Kaye Cooksey, 52, 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 “Trolly Dolly” 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.”

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.

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.


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".

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.

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.


David Troutman-Wilkin

David Trotman-Wilkins is an award winning News Photojournalist formerly with the Chicago Tribune after working there for 11 years. David, currently 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 Milwaukee 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.

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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