OT 36 photos of the US before the EPA

Larry Colen lrc at red4est.com
Sun Mar 4 17:59:13 EST 2018


Regardless of your feelings on the EPA this is an interesting set of 36 
photos of the US from circa 1973

The article is actually a year old.

Back in 1970, then-President Richard Nixon signed an executive order 
establishing the Environmental Protection Agency. Just after its 
creation, the EPA created a photo-documentary project called "Project 
Documerica." Its purpose? To "record the state of the environment and 
efforts to improve it."

Similar to the famous photography program by Rex Tugwell's and Roy 
Stryker's Farm Security Administration, which depicted daily life in 
Depression-era America, the project examined the "rapid decaying" of the 
United States' environment. It focused on "environmental concerns of the 
early 1970s: water, air, and noise pollution; unchecked urbanization; 
poverty; environmental impact on public health; and youth culture of the 
day." The project also showed the country's commitment to solving these 
problems by showing "positive images of human life and Americans’ 
reactions, responses, and resourcefulness."

The EPA hired freelance photojournalists all over the country to 
photograph the outdoors and environmental problems. Some of the 
photographers by used the project were Danny Lyon, Bill Strode, David 
Hiser, and Yoichi Okamoto. The project was almost scrubbed due to 
challenges with photographer salaries and copyright issues.

More than 100 photographers produced over 81,000 photographs. They 
catalogued around 20,000 images by the National Archives and Records 
Administration. About 15,000 digital scans in the collection are 
available to the public online.

Here is a selection of some of the best photographs from the collection, 
showing the impact the EPA has had on the country in the last five decades.

Larry Colen  lrc at red4est.com (postbox on min4est) http://red4est.com/lrc

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