Dudley M. Brooks

Photography Director : USA

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Dudley M. Brooks

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Dudley M. Brooks is the Deputy Director of Photography at The Washington Post, where he manages the creative strategy and production of all photo content for the Features and Sports sections. He is also the Photo Editor for The Washington Post Magazine. Immediately prior, Brooks was the Director of Photography and Senior Photo Editor for the monthly magazine Ebony and its weekly sister periodical Jet – both published by Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago. These iconic publications have collectively chronicled the African-American experience for over 70-years and he was a key member of the senior staff responsible for enhancing the editorial approach of each.

A graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.,Brooks began his journalism career in 1981 as a staff photographer for the Rockford Register Star newspaper in northern Illinois. He later joined the award-winning photo staff at The Washington Post and was employed there as a photographer from 1983-2005.

Before returning to the Post in 2014, Brooks also served as the Assistant Managing Editor of Photography at The Baltimore Sun newspaper. In addition, he was the co-creator of the landmark 1990 project Songs of my People: African Americans – A Self-Portrait. A best-selling book and internationally traveled exhibition, the undertaking showcased newly commissioned work by 53 African-American photographers and was sponsored by Time-Warner and the Smithsonian Institute.

In conversation with photographer Paul Sika

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