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David "Oggi" Ogburn

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Martin
Favorite Quote:
Employment of enjoyment

Birthplace

Born:
12/14/1942
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Martin
Favorite Quote:
Employment of enjoyment

Birthplace

Born:
12/14/1942
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Photographer David Oggi Ogburn was born on December 14, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York to Archibald and Nannie Ogburn. He graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, New York in 1961. After taking courses at Saint Paul's College, Ogburn went on to receive his B.A. degree in sociology from Howard University in 1968, as well as his M.A. degree in urban studies in 1973.

Ogburn was hired in the 1960s as a social worker for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. From 1969 until 1971, Ogburn worked as a merchandiser for General Motors. In 1970, he also worked as a freelance photographer, and founded Oggi's Kitchen Photomarket in 1971. Then, in 1975, Ogburn began serving as assistant to the Historian Chancellor James Williams, where he documented his work through photography and audiotape until 1987. Ogburn was also hired by local D.C. radio stations including Howard University’s WHUR-FM as a freelance photographer. He served for three years as a soundman for the D.C. Black Repertory Company and as the campaign photographer for President Jimmy Carter and former Washington, D.C. Mayor Walter Washington. For twenty-four years, Ogburn worked for the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters. He has also photographed for record labels Sony, Arista, WEA, BMG, Polygram, Motown, and MCA.

Ogburn's photographs have been published in trade and consumer magazines ranging from Billboard to U.S. News and World Report. His work has been included in several photography collection books about African American images, history and culture. Ogburn’s photography has also been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History; the African American Museum in Philadelphia; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; as well as at various exhibits in Atlanta, Detroit, Montgomery, and Beijing, China. He received many honors and awards including Impact magazine’s Award of Excellence in 1997; the Exposure Group’s 2002 Photographer of the Year Award; and the Mid Atlantic Music Alliance’s Preservation of Music History honor in 2007. Ogburn has also been a member of the Exposure Group since 1998.

David Oggi Ogburn was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 21, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of David "Oggi" Ogburn's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - David "Oggi" Ogburn lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - David "Oggi" Ogburn explains how his mother's family is distantly related to Carter G. Woodson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - David "Oggi" Ogburn describes his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - David "Oggi" Ogburn talks about his mother's education and her work as a dressmaker
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - David "Oggi" Ogburn details the ethnic background of his maternal family and explains why they moved to New York, New York.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - David "Oggi" Ogburn talks about his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - David "Oggi" Ogburn describes his father's education at Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Virginia and his work for the Department of Corrections
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - David "Oggi" Ogburn explains how his parents met and his father's service in World War II
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - David "Oggi" Ogburn describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - David "Oggi" Ogburn lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - David "Oggi" Ogburn describes his siblings' lives, careers, and family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls his early childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - David "Oggi" Ogburn remembers his father, Archibald Ogburn's influence and his experiences as an altar boy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls his early school years, playing sports, and the death of his childhood friend, Tommy Boone
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - David "Oggi" Ogburn describes his work for the commissary at Rikers Island Prison Complex, New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls influential early educational experiences and famous neighbors from his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - David "Oggi" Ogburn explains how losing his first job led to him entering college at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls famous basketball players at Riis Beach, Jacob Riis Park, New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - David "Oggi" Ogburn explains how he was expelled from Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - David "Oggi" Ogburn reflects on his time at Howard University, Washington, D.C. and the circumstances that led to his expulsion after two years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recounts graduating from Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - David "Oggi" Ogburn describes his post-college jobs, including working for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recounts how he became interested in photography
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls how he first began his photography lab, Oggi's Kitchen, in an efficiency apartment at The Envoy in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - David "Oggi" Ogburn remembers accepting his first photography gig for a radio station in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - David "Oggi" Ogburn explains how his first gig photographing Roberta Flack led to other work in photography and music promotion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls some of the prominent people who worked in sales and promotions at the radio station, WHUR
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - David "Oggi" Ogburn shares stories about his time with the D.C. Black Repertory Company in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls meeting Chancellor Williams, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls meeting Chancellor Williams, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - David "Oggi" Ogburn talks about Chancellor Williams' early life and his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls traveling with Chancellor Williams
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - David "Oggi" Ogburn reflects on inhabiting both the intellectual world and the entertainment world
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls Chancellor Williams' skepticism regarding certain beliefs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - David "Oggi" Ogburn shares the story of Chancellor Williams taking legal action against Third World Press to obtain his royalties
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of David "Oggi" Ogburn's interview, session two
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - David "Oggi" Ogburn talks about Chancellor Williams' papers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - David "Oggi" Ogburn talks about Chancellor Williams' relationship with his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - David "Oggi" Ogburn shares his final reflection on Chancellor Williams' legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - David "Oggi" Ogburn describes some important photography assignments early in his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - David "Oggi" Ogburn talks about the creation of the Quiet Storm radio format, HistoryMaker Cathy Hughes, and comedian Petey Greene
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls his inspiration for a black-history focused newsletter while president of the House of Ogburn
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - David "Oggi" Ogburn discusses criticisms of Chancellor Williams's scholarship and why Chancellor Williams was unable to complete his planned works
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - David "Oggi" Ogburn talks about his friendships with Jon Lucien and HistoryMaker Dyana Willams
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - David "Oggi" Ogburn describes his photography work and the lifestyle the work entailed
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls working with Bob Marley, Earth, Wind & Fire, Art Blakey, and Grover Washington, Jr.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - David "Oggi" Ogburn shares memories about some of his favorite performers, including Janet Jackson and Sade
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - David "Oggi" Ogburn explains how he was able to have a successful career as a photographer for the music business
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - David "Oggi" Ogburn details the components that affect the pricing of photography and notes features in newer cameras
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls meeting James Van Der Zee
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - David "Oggi" Ogburn talks about the photography of Gordon Parks and Yousuf Karsh
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - David "Oggi" Ogburn details his various exhibitions and some of his favorite works
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls other influential photographers he met
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - David "Oggi" Ogburn discusses the difficult financial situation artists can face
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - David "Oggi" Ogburn describes the profound effect his trip to Egypt had upon his identity and understanding of black culture and history
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - David "Oggi" Ogburn shares some difficult moments from his career and talks about his ability to build rapport with famous people
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - David "Oggi" Ogburn describes working for the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - David "Oggi" Ogburn shares a story about receiving a letter from Angela Bassett
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - David "Oggi" Ogburn talks about pictures he took that raised conflicts for him
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - David "Oggi" Ogburn shares what makes him blessed in his life and career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recalls some of his favorite pictures and his most lucrative ones
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - David "Oggi" Ogburn recounts overcoming shyness early in his career when shooting music stars such as Michael Jackson and Gladys Knight
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - David "Oggi" Ogburn remembers photographing Brandy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - David "Oggi" Ogburn talks about what he would photograph now if he was not retired
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - David "Oggi" Ogburn considers what he would have done differently in his photography career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - David "Oggi" Ogburn describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - David "Oggi" Ogburn reflects upon professional legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - David "Oggi" Ogburn reflects upon his professional legacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - David "Oggi" Ogburn describes how he would like to be remembered