Spotlight Photographer – John H. White

Pulitzer Prize winning photo journalist John H. White is well-known for his photographs of life in the city of Chicago, IL, particularly African American life, during the early 1970s.  At the time, White was with the Chicago Daily News working for the federal government, photographing for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) DOCUMERICA project.  DOCUMERICA was a project that involved documenting environmental subjects in the United States in the 1970s.  From 1972 to 1977, photographers, including White, were selected to photograph geographical areas they were already familiar with.  White photographed Chicago from June to October 1973 and the spring of 1974.  He captured the daily life of African Americans, which included activism, music and the arts, youth, housing, employment, religion, street scenes, etc.  His photographs, along with other photographs from the project, are housed in NARA’s Still Pictures Branch series “DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972-1977” (412-DA).  The series has been fully digitized and made available via NARA’s online catalog with no copyright restrictions.


Black Youth



Music and Art


Street Scenes

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