Photo caption: Black balloon salesman on South Side Chicago’s 47th Street. Many of the city’s black business owners started with small operations such as this and grew by working hard. Today Chicago is believed to be the black business capital of the United States. But blacks have a harder time staying in business than their white counterparts. Statistics note that 80% of black businesses do not survive two years. Racial prejudice, lack of capital and expertise are partly responsible. June 1973.

DOCUMERICA Project for the Environmental Protection Agency: John H. White, photographer
From June through October 1973 and briefly during the spring of 1974, John H. White (b. 1945, Lexington, NC), then a photographer with the Chicago Daily News, worked for the federal government photographing Chicago, especially the city`s African American community. White took the photographs for the Environmental Protection Agency`s (EPA) DOCUMERICA project.
White was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism in 1982 for his “consistently excellent work on a variety of subjects.”

Photo caption: Black balloon salesman on South Side Chicago’s 47th Street. Many of the city’s black business owners started with small operations such as this and grew by working hard. Today Chicago is believed to be the black business capital of the United States. But blacks have a harder time staying in business than their white counterparts. Statistics note that 80% of black businesses do not survive two years. Racial prejudice, lack of capital and expertise are partly responsible. June 1973.

DOCUMERICA Project for the Environmental Protection Agency: John H. White, photographer

From June through October 1973 and briefly during the spring of 1974, John H. White (b. 1945, Lexington, NC), then a photographer with the Chicago Daily News, worked for the federal government photographing Chicago, especially the city`s African American community. White took the photographs for the Environmental Protection Agency`s (EPA) DOCUMERICA project.

White was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism in 1982 for his “consistently excellent work on a variety of subjects.”