Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery
Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project
An exhibition at the National Archives, Washington, DC
March 8, 2013, through September 8, 2013
Take a new look at the 1970s through the lens of a Federal photography project called Project DOCUMERICA. Created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1971, DOCUMERICA was born out of the decade's environmental awakening and produced striking photographs of many of that era’s environmental problems and achievements. DOCUMERICA photographers hired by the EPA took thousands of color photographs depicting pollution, waste, and blight, but they were given the freedom to also capture the era’s trends, fashions, and cultural shifts. The result is an amazing archive and a fascinating portrait of America from 1972 to 1977.
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“Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project” was created by the exhibits staff of the National Archives Experience. It is based on National Archives holdings, and the National Archives is solely responsible for the exhibit’s content and design. “Searching for the Seventies” was made possible, in part, by support from the Foundation for the National Archives.