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Martha Brock-Leftridge

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oahu, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
What Gets Measured, Gets Done.

Birthplace

Born:
9/19/1958
Birth Location:
Isola, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oahu, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
What Gets Measured, Gets Done.

Birthplace

Born:
9/19/1958
Birth Location:
Isola
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Biography

Photographer Martha Gean Brock was born on September 19, 1958, in Isola, Mississippi, to Dorothy Amos Brock and Herman Brock. She attended segregated schools in Iverness and Belzoni, Mississippi, graduating in 1976 from the then integrated Humphries County High School. She was taught photography by Floyd Bailey at Mississippi Valley State University, where she was photographer and editor of the college yearbook. Graduating in 1980 with her B.S. degree in criminal justice, Brock relocated to Chicago where she later completed her M.B.A. degree from the University of Phoenix in 2006.

Initially working in the corporate world, Brock’s interest in photography was rekindled in the mid-1980s as her friends and colleagues recognized her talent. Ignoring criticism for shooting with a Minolta 5000 Max, Brock’s knack for capturing celebrities has made her one of Chicago’s most published African American photographers. Trusting her instincts about where to be and when to be there, Brock’s photographs of Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Luther Vandross, Rosa Parks, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah, Debra Winger, Ice-T, Jerry Springer, Whoopi Goldberg, and Michael Jordan, among hundreds of others, have appeared in various print media, including: the Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, Today’s Chicago Woman, Jet, Ebony, Essence, N’Digo, Sister 2 Sister, Upscale, and Vibe magazines. Brock established Martha Brock Photography in 1992, where she specializes in celebrity, commercial, fashion, special events, and public relations photography. Her photographs of current events are featured on the websites of Chicago’s WVAZ, WGCI, and WPWX radio stations. Some of her other clients include J Records, R. Kelly Jive Records, Chicago Housing Authority, The Boys and Girls Clubs, and T.D. Jakes Ministries.

Brock is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Chicago Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Women Executives. As a founder of the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers (CAAAP), Brock’s work is featured in CAAAP’s first book, The Journey: The Next Hundred Years.

One of her most popular photographs is a candid portrait of Michael Jordan, shot in the Chicago Bulls’ Berto Center in 1996. Volunteering in Chicago area schools, Brock’s community involvement led to her election to the Trustee Board of Oak Park, Illinois, in 2005. Always with a knack for being in the right place, Brock appeared in a photo along side Oprah Winfrey in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Martha Brock-Leftridge's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Martha Brock-Leftridge lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Martha Brock recalls moving to Belzoni, Mississippi as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Martha Brock-Leftridge talks about her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes her maternal relative in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Martha Brock-Leftbridge describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Martha Brock-Leftridge recalls her segregated school in Belzoni, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes changes to her community in Belzoni, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Martha Brock-Leftridge remembers picking cotton in Belzoni, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Martha Brock-Leftridge recalls her introduction to photography
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Martha Brock-Leftridge remembers being sexually abused by family members
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes the racial violence in Caile, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Martha Brock-Leftridge talks about her parents' resourcefulness
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Martha Brock-Leftridge talks about white flight in Belzoni, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Martha Brock-Leftridge remembers Humphreys County High School in Belzoni
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes her studies at Humphreys County High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Martha Brock-Leftridge recalls attending Itta Bena's Mississippi Valley State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Martha Brock-Leftridge recalls her photography at Mississippi Valley State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes her activities at Mississippi Valley State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Martha Brock-Leftridge recalls being sexually assaulted as a college student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Martha Brock-Leftridge recalls being editor in chief of her college yearbook
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Martha Brock-Leftridge recalls studying sociology at Mississippi Valley State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Martha Brock-Leftridge remembers those who influenced her
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Martha Brock-Leftridge recalls celebrities who visited Mississippi Valley State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Martha Brock-Leftridge remembers moving to Oak Park, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Martha Brock-Leftridge recalls entering Chicago's photography industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes the beginning of her media career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Martha Brock-Leftridge talks about her radio career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Martha Brock-Leftridge recalls running for office in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Martha Brock-Leftridge recalls her election to the Village Board of Oak Park, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes the social history of Oak Park, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Martha Brock-Leftridge talks about discrimination in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes Oak Park's African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Martha Brock-Leftridge remembers photographing Michael Jordan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Martha Brock-Leftridge remembers photographing Michael Jordan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Martha Brock-Leftridge talks about her style of photography
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes the Chicago Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes her youth programs at Oak Park and River Forest High School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Martha Brock-Leftridge reflects upon her time on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Martha Brock-Leftridge reflects upon her life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Martha Brock-Leftridge reflects upon her life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Martha Brock-Leftridge recalls photographing R. Kelly at the 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Martha Brock-Leftridge talks about documenting R. Kelly
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Martha Brock-Leftridge reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Martha Brock-Leftridge talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Martha Brock-Leftridge describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Martha Brock-Leftridge narrates her photographs