National Archives Revisits DOCUMERICA Project with Original Photographers April 18
Press Release · Sunday, September 8, 2013

Washington, DC

Special event celebrates "Searching for the Seventies" photographers and exhibit

Washington, DC…On Thursday, April 18, at 7 PM, the National Archives revisits the 1970s with five of the original photographers whose work is featured in the National Archives exhibit: “Searching for the Seventies:  The DOCUMERICA Photography Project.” This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events Entrance, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

National Public Radio Senior National Correspondent Linda Wertheimer will moderate a panel of these five original DOCUMERICA photographers, who will discuss and show examples of their work:

  • Jack Corn, who photographed the mines, towns, and people of Appalachia;

  • John H. White, who worked for DOCUMERICA photographing Chicago, especially his city’s African American community;

  • Lyntha Scott Eiler, who with her husband, Terry Eiler, photographed tourism, development, and Native American life in northern Arizona;

  • Tom Hubbard, whose assignment was in a place familiar to him—Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio; and

  • Michael Philip Manheim, who documented the noise pollution crises in the East Boston neighborhood around Neptune Road.

Watch this 2:39 video short [] to peek at “Searching for the 70s” highlights and hear interviews with Gifford “Giff” Hampshire, Director of the DOCUMERICA project, and featured photographers John White (who went on to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Chicago Sun Times) and Michael Philip Manheim. This video is in the public domain and not subject to any copyright restrictions. The National Archives encourages its use and free distribution.

For DOCUMERICA (1971-1977), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired 70 freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s. The project produced striking photographs of environmental problems and achievements, but it also captured the era's trends, fashions, faces, and cultural shifts. Located in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, “Searching for the Seventies” is free and open to the public, and runs through September 8, 2013.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To verify the date and times of the programs, call 202-357-5333, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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