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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
I Love You With The Love Of Jesus.

Birthplace

Born:
6/4/1939
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
I Love You With The Love Of Jesus.

Birthplace

Born:
6/4/1939
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Photographer Bob Black was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 4, 1939. Black was one of five children, and attended Chicago public schools. After briefly attending Woodrow Wilson Junior College, Black began working.

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.

Black 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.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Bob Black's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bob Black lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bob Black describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bob Black describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bob Black describes his father's background and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bob Black describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bob Black describes the Washington Park neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois where he grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bob Black describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bob Black describes his childhood experiences, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Bob Black describes his childhood experiences, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bob Black describes his experience in the Boy Scouts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bob Black talks about the teachers who supported him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bob Black describes his experience at Englewood High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bob Black describes his friendship with HistoryMaker George Carruthers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bob Black describes his introduction to photography
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bob Black describes the support he received from photographers in his church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bob Black describes cameras he has owned and used
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bob Black describes his experience in the Illinois National Guard
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bob Black describes being inspired by photojournalist and HistoryMaker Gordon Parks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bob Black describes his first job as a photographer for the Chicago Defender's "Teen Page"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bob Black describes his experience as a photographer for the Illinois National Guard
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bob Black describes his experience as a photographer for the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bob Black talks about the photographic techniques he uses
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bob Black describes being hired at the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bob Black describes his colleague John Tweedle at the Chicago Sun-Times, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bob Black describes his colleague John Tweedle at the Chicago Sun-Times, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Bob Black describes his most memorable experiences at the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bob Black describes his daily routine as a photographer for the Chicago Sun-Times, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bob Black describes his daily routine as a photographer for the Chicago Sun-Times, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bob Black describes facing police brutality as a journalist during the Democratic National Convention in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bob Black describes the obstacles faced by photojournalists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bob Black describes working outside of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bob Black describes covering an airplane crash at O'Hare International Airport in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bob Black describes coping with covering violent and traumatic stories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Bob Black talks comments on helping victim or taking a photo first
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Bob Black talks about some of the remarkable people he has met
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bob Black narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bob Black narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Bob Black narrates his photographs, pt. 3