Thought for the day

"The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they are realities, and are often even more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are." -- Niccoló Machiavelli, "The Discourses." 1517.

These photos show Chicago's African-American community, primarily on the South Side, and photographer John H. White, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism in 1982.

 

His portraits of everyday life stand the test of time, inviting viewers to travel back a few decades, and see how we lived.

 

In the 1970s, White was hired by the Environmental Protection Agency to document the lives of black residents of Chicago. For years, White explored the city, creating intimate and powerful photographs of neighbors and strangers, capturing Chicagoans in a state of joy, sorrow, reverence, and celebration.

 

As White recently reflected, he saw his act as "an opportunity to capture history, a piece of life."

 

His photographs portray the difficult situations faced by many African American residents of Chicago in the early 1970s, but they also capture the "spirit, love, enthusiasm, pride, and hopes of the community."