Carl N. Sidle
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 In my pursuit of excellence toward photography as an art form, I have realizes that everyone has a story. History (His-story) is recorded with every snap of the shutter. Perhaps the greatest gift of photography is its special opportunity to interact with people. It’s these opportunities that drive me as an artist.


 My interest in photography started early in life because my sister was always taking pictures. Later in life, after a divorce, I decided to pursue photography as an art form. Though I have no formal training, I have been fortunate to meet many a “guru” along the pathway. Currently, I am employ at The University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas, Biochemistry Department as a a graphics artist/ photographer.


The Greek definition of the word “genius”: “…that which is within the inner self “. It is this portion of myself that transcend the earthy medium of sight, I stride to record. Truly, a picture takes the place of a thousand words while recording the history of man.


 Photographers that have been influential to me include, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gordon Parks, Eugene Smith, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz. Locally, I have been blessed to have work with R.C. Hickman and my spiritual brothers, Arthello Beck,Jr., Marion Butts, and Ed White. Many of my photographs can be views at the Columbia Fire House, 5501 Columbia Ave., Dallas, TX, 75214. A biography of my career can be found in the book Portraits of Community: African American Photography in Texas by Alan Governor.

Carl N. Sidle Resume


Howard University, Washington, DC, 1962 – 1965

Major: Mathematics and Physics




The Color Place, Dallas, Texas, 1975 – 1977

Responsibilities included black and white development / printing, graphic layouts, and photographic image duplication.


BWC Photography Labs, Dallas, Texas 1977 – 1979

Responsibilities included black and white / color development and printing, graphic layouts.


University of Texas Health Science Center, Dallas, TX 1979 – Present

Responsible for producing all visual and graphic works for publication, management of all darkroom work, and produce photographic

work for medical school physicians. Other responsibilities include management of the graphic art equipment and the creation of all

digital manipulated images.



Art Exhibits:

  • Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters (City Pioneers and Leaders Series 1985-1990)
  • Dallas Museum of Art – July 2000
  • Irving Museum – August 2000 – September 2000
  • Bath House – 2000 / 2001, Dallas, Texas
  • Dallas Public Library System
  • Corporate Exhibits: IBM in 1997 and 2000 / Verizon in 2002
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Longview Art Museum, 2003
  • Wichita African American Museum Of Photography, Wichita, Kansas, 2004
  • Plano Art Centre, Plano, Texas, 2004
  • Tilford Art Group, Los Angeles, Ca., 20005
  • The Upstairs Gallery, Chicago, Ill., 2006



Community Educational Programs:


  • R.C. Hickman Young People Photography Workshop 2001-2015


  • Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters Photographer 1980-1985



         Personal Collectors whom Acquired Images:


  • Oscar McNary, private collector


  • Uriah Elion, Jr., private collector


  • Richard Kitchen, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Shelley P. Roaten, M.D., Chairman of Family Practice & Community Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas


  • Permanent Installation at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas


  • Stella Jones of Stella Gallery, New Orleans, La.


  • Vickie Meeks, curator and director of South Dallas Cultural Center


  • Arthello Beck, Jr. Family Collection


  • Xerox Corp.


  • Lakewood Library, Dallas Public Library


  • Robert Sims Munford, III, M.D., Professor of Diseases Interim Chief, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas


  • Curtis King, President of Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters


  • Permanent Collections of Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters (City Pioneers and Leaders Series)


  • Paul Batiste, private collector


  • James Kemp, private collector


  • Wichita African American Museum of Photography, Wichita, Kansas, permanent collection


  • Calvin Person, private collector

  • Tilford Art Group, Los Angeles, Ca. 

 Book Publications:


  • Portraits of Community: African American Photography in Texas, by Alan Governor.
  • Reflection in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 – Present, by Deborah Willis


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