Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John H. White was hired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to document the lives of the 1.2 million black residents of Chicago from 1973 to 1974.
According to Mashable, White was meticulous in his venture to capture everyday life, spending almost 2 years on the project:
For two years, White explored the city, making intimate and powerful pictures of neighbors and strangers, capturing Chicagoans in states of joy, sorrow, reverence and celebration. He supplemented his images with meticulously researched captions that drew on statistics to illuminate the economic landscape of the “black business capital of the United States.”
White himself laments this is a project indicative of cultural representation:
Many black faces in this project… portray pride, love, beauty, hope, struggle, joy, hate, frustration, discontent, worship and faith. In short, portraits of people who feel they are individuals and are proud of their heritage.
Check out the beautiful images below.
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