Dudley M. Brooks is the co-creator of Songs of My People African Americans: A Self-Portrait, a historic photo documentary of the world of African Americans, and he is currently the deputy director of photography for The Washington Post and photo editor for The Washington Post Magazine.
Brooks was born on December 26, 1957, in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Morgan State University in Baltimore and graduated in 1980.
Brooks started working for The Washington Post in 1983. He left in 2005 to become the Assistant Managing Editor for Photography at The Baltimore Sun. In 2007, he became the Photo Director for Jet (magazine) and Ebony (magazine). While working at Ebony, he had the opportunity to photograph Michael Jackson in 2007 and make a tribute for him on the cover of the magazine. He also directed and was the photographer for the first photoshoot with Barack Obama as the newly elected president of the United States. Brooks returned to work at the Washington Post in 2014. Another part of his career was becoming the co-director for Songs of My People.
Brooks won multiple World Press Photo awards. He won third prize in the sports stories category in 1998 with images that showed the Silver Gloves boxing competition in Lennea, Kansas. In 1999 he won third prize in the general news stories category with images that revealed the damage in Nicaragua from Hurricane Mitch. The judges liked that it brought awareness. He won third prize in the general news singles category in 2001 with images of the mass suicide of The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments – a church that murdered hundreds of its cult members after falsely predicting the end of the world in the year 2000.