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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Photojournalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Muted Tones
Favorite Food:
Southern Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
With God, all things are possible.

Birthplace

Born:
3/11/1946
Birth Location:
Indianola, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Photojournalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Muted Tones
Favorite Food:
Southern Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
With God, all things are possible.

Birthplace

Born:
3/11/1946
Birth Location:
Indianola
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Biography

Photojournalist Ovie Carter was born on March 11, 1946 in Indianola, Mississippi to Grover and Mary Carter. Carter grew up in several different cities and attended Douglass High School in Memphis, Tennessee and John Marshall High School in Chicago, Illinois before graduating from Soldan High School in St. Louis, Missouri in 1964. He went on to attend Forest Park Community College. Carter served with the U.S. Air Force and upon his discharge; Carter attended the Ray Vogue School of Photography, now the Illinois Institute of Art. Directly after graduation, Carter was hired to work at The Chicago Tribune.

In 1974, Carter traveled for nearly three months through African and India with fellow Chicago Tribune reporter William Mullen documenting the famine affecting almost half a billion people. Their journey, entitled Faces of Hunger, appeared in The Chicago Tribune as a five-part series and won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. Photos from the series also won Carter the World Press Photo Contest in Amsterdam and the Overseas Press Club of America Award. In 1992, Mitch Duneier and Carter published the book Slim’s Table, based on Duneier’s Ph.D. dissertation. The two paired up again to publish Sidewalk in 2000 before Carter’s retirement in 2004.

Carter was named the Illinois Press Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year in 1973-1974 and he has won the National Association of Black Journalists Excellence Award twice. In 2000, The Chicago Tribune honored Carter at their annual banquet for his thirty years of service. Carter also received the National Association of Black Journalists “Legends in Their Own Time” Distinguished Career award in 2004. Carter is a member of the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers.

Ovie Carter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 26, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ovie Carter's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ovie Carter lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ovie Carter describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ovie Carter describes his mother's growing up in Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ovie Carter describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ovie Carter talks about his father's education and his work as a farmer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ovie Carter talks about how his parents met and married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ovie Carter talks about his siblings and his father's name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ovie Carter talks about his parents' personalities and his likeness to them
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ovie Carter describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ovie Carter talks about moving from Indianola, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee to Chicago, Illinois as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ovie Carter describes the neighborhood where he grew up in Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ovie Carter describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ovie Carter describes growing up in Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ovie Carter describes race relations in Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ovie Carter talks about two academic studies on race relations in Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ovie Carter describes his experience in elementary school in Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ovie Carter talks about working with his family on the cotton farms of Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ovie Carter recalls the murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ovie Carter talks about his family leaving Indianola, Mississippi in the late 1950s and moving to Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ovie Carter talks about blues musicians from Mississippi and the musical scene in Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ovie Carter talks about B.B. King, and the Saturday night music scene in Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ovie Carter talks about the role of the Church in his community in Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ovie Carter talks about growing up listening to blues music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ovie Carter describes his experience in school in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ovie Carter talks about injuring his knees as a child, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ovie Carter talks about injuring his knees as a child, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ovie Carter talks about his family's move to Chicago, Illinois in 1959, and their early life there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ovie Carter talks about attending high school in Chicago, Illinois, and then moving to St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ovie Carter describes his experience in high school in Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ovie Carter describes his decision to go to college and his experience there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ovie Carter talks about dropping out of college and joining the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ovie Carter talks about his experience in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ovie Carter talks about the benefits of serving in the U.S. Air Force, and his introduction to reading books
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ovie Carter talks about his decision to stay in Chicago, Illinois, after his discharge from the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ovie Carter talks about his desire to go to New York City to work in theatre, and his decision to take photography classes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ovie Carter talks about how he met his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ovie Carter describes his being hired as a photojournalist at the 'Chicago Tribune' in 1968, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ovie Carter describes his being hired as a photojournalist at the 'Chicago Tribune' in 1968, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ovie Carter talks about being the first African American photographer at the 'Chicago Tribune', and his African American colleagues
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ovie Carter talks about his job as a photographer at the 'Chicago Tribune', and his decision to stay in Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ovie Carter recalls the riots in Chicago, Illinois, following Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Ovie Carter talks about his early experience as a photojournalist at the 'Chicago Tribune'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ovie Carter talks about his work for the 'Chicago Tribune' on the drug culture in the West Side of Chicago, Illinois in the 1970s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ovie Carter talks about his work for the 'Chicago Tribune' on the drug culture in the West Side of Chicago, Illinois in the 1970s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ovie Carter talks about the reputation of the 'Chicago Tribune'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ovie Carter discusses his exhibits, and winning the Illinois Press Photographers Association's 'Photographer of the Year' award in 1972
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ovie Carter describes his experience photographing famine in India and across Africa in 1974
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ovie Carter reflects upon his trip to Africa in 1974
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ovie Carter discusses his exhibit with his fellow-photographers, entitled, 'Through the Eyes of Blackness'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ovie Carter talks about the black photographers he admired
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ovie Carter talks about his photography equipment
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ovie Carter talks about winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 and the World Press Photo Contest in 1976
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ovie Carter talks about traveling across the U.S. to assess the state of Native Americans in 1976
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ovie Carter talks about his divorce and how it affected him spiritually
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ovie Carter talks about Mitchell Duneier's book, 'Slim's Table', a book based on a restaurant in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ovie Carter talks about the changes in race relations in the South in the late 1990s and early 2000s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ovie Carter talks about working with Mitchell Duneier on the book, 'Sidewalk'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ovie Carter reflects upon his favorite photograph
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ovie Carter reflects upon himself as a photographer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Ovie Carter talks about adapting to digital photography
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Ovie Carter reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ovie Carter describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Ovie Carter reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Ovie Carter reflects upon the importance of a close-knit community of African American journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Ovie Carter talks about his eyesight
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Ovie Carter talks about his family, and his parents' pride in his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Ovie Carter talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Ovie Carter describes his photographs