Documerica: 1970s Photos Of The Environment And Society (Rebroadcast)

Documerica: 1970s Photos Of The Environment And Society (Rebroadcast)

A new photography exhibit at the National Archives explores Documerica, a little-known Environmental Protection Agency project created in the 1970s. Photographers commissioned by the agency traveled around the country, capturing images of environmental pollution, as well as a changing society.

Best known as the decade of disco and bell-bottoms, the 1970s also saw the birth of the modern environmental movement. A new exhibit at the National Archives explores Documerica, a photography project launched in the early '70s by the newly-created Environmental Protection Agency. Modeled on the famous Depression-era photography of the Farm Security Administration, the EPA hired photographers to capture images of environmental pollution, but also the trends and cultural shifts of that decade.

Guests

Bruce Bustard

Senior Curator, National Archives

Victoria Hampshire

Daughter, Documerica creator Gifford Hampshire

Barbara Shubinski

Research fellow, Rockefeller Archive Center

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Slideshow: Environmental Photography Of The 1970s

From 1971 to 1977, the Environmental Protection Agency hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities and everyday life. The National Archives unveiled the collection this spring. The exhibit, “Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project," depicts the horrors of waste and pollution, as well as the trends and faces of the times. The exhibit is free to the public and runs through Sept. 8, 2013.

Video Interview With The Artists

The photographer and director of the Documerica exhibit reflect on the images and what they portray.

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