John H. White


"I'm faithful to my purpose, my mission, my assignment, my work, my dreams. I stay focused on what I'm doing and what's important. And I keep in flight—I spread my wings and do it."

John H. White (born in Lexington, North Carolina) is an American photojournalist, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in 1982.

All the images © John H. White

In between,
Artist Ron Blackburn
Woman at push convention
Isaac Hayes
Mandela first time in his home ( Soweto, South Africa) after 27 years in prison
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Speaks On A Radio Broadcast From The Headquarters Of Operation Push, At Its Annual Convention
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali in 1974

"Take pictures with the camera of your heart."

Biography//White's father also played a pivotal role in his photography. At age 14, White's church burned down and his father asked him to take photos of the destruction and reconstruction. White now credits this first assignment with his focus on photo stories.
After working for the Chicago Daily News, White joined the staff of the Chicago Sun Times in 1978 and worked there until May 2013.[2] White also teaches photojournalism at Columbia College Chicago, and formerly taught at Northwestern University. In 1973 and 1974 White worked for the Environmental Protection Agency`s DOCUMERICA project photographing Chicago and its African American community. White's photographs show the difficulties facing residents as well as their spirit and pride.
White was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism in 1982 for his "consistently excellent work on a variety of subjects." He was selected as a photographer for the 1990 project Songs of My People.[3] White has also won three National Headliner Awards, was the first photographer inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame, was awarded the Chicago Press Photographer Association's Photographer of the Year award five times, and, in 1999, received the Chicago Medal of Merit.
Hal Buell, the former head of the Associated Press Photography Service, noted that White is one of the best photographers at capturing the everyday vignette.[4] White has published a book about Cardinal Bernardin, but he has yet to publish a book of his work outside the religious realm.
White has said that he lives by three words: faith, focus, flight.