Ovie Carter

Ovie Carter (born March 11, 1946) was an American photographer for the Chicago Tribune from 1969 to 2004. He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his coverage of famine in Africa and India together with a reporter William Mullen.[1][2]

Ovie Carter, 1975

Early life and educationEdit

Ovie Carter was born and raised in Indianola, Mississippi. After graduating from Forest Park College in 1966 he had been serving for a year in the US Air Force. Then he continued his studies at the School of Photography at Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago.


Ovie Carter began his career in 1969 after being hired by the Chicago Tribune as a laboratory assistant. He was promoted to the photographer four months later. His photo reports covered mostly living in poor urban areas. He was the first photojournalist of Chicago Tribune who started to represent his work as photo-narration. For example, one of his first publications was a photo essay on drug addiction in 1970.[1][2][3][4]

In 1974, Ovie Carter and William Mullen set off on a 10,000 miles journey across Africa and India to report about local famine. They created the five-part series "The Face of Hunger" and were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1975. Also, Carter won the top prize in the World Press Photo Contest. During his career Carter was also named Photographer of the Year by the Illinois Press Photographers Association; Overseas Press Club Award laureate; Chicago Tribune's Edward Scott Beck Award laureate and Excellence Award for photography laureate by the National Association of Black Journalists.[1][2][3][4]

In 1992, Ovie Carter and sociologist Mitchell Duneier published the book Slim's Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity. Eight years later, they published the Sidewalk. In 2004 the photographer was retired.[4]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • 1999. (with Mitchell Duneier and Hakim Hasan) Sidewalk, Farrar Straus and Giroux, ISBN 978-0-374-52725-9
  • 1992. (with Mitchell Duneier) Slim’s Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 978-0-226-17030-5



  1. ^ a b c Brennan 1999.
  2. ^ a b c Fischer 2014.
  3. ^ a b Fischer 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Ovie Carter". World Press Photo. 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-11.