Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project

A new gallery show explores some amazing American documentary photography

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"Children play in yard of Ruston home, while Tacoma smelter stack showers area with arsenic and lead residue." Gene Daniels, Ruston, Washington, August 1972. National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency
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"Industrial smog blacks out homes adjacent to North Birmingham pipe plant. This is the most heavily polluted area of the city." Leroy Woodson, Birmingham, Alabama, July 1972. National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency
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"Chemical plants on shore are considered prime source of pollution." Marc St. Gil, Lake Charles, Louisiana, June 1972. National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency
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"Hitchhiker with his dog, ‘Tripper,’ on U.S. 66. U.S. 66 crosses the Colorado River at Topock." National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency Charles O’Rear, Yuma County, Arizona, May 1972. National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency
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"Great Kills Park, Staten Island." Arthur Tress, Staten Island, New York, May 1973. National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency
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"Young woman watches as her car goes through testing at an auto emission inspection station in Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio." Lyntha Scott Eiler, Cincinnati, OH, September 1975. National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency
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"The painted bus is home." David Hiser, Rifle, CO, October 1972. National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency
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"Cyclist in front of environmental center." Thomas Sennett, Humbolt County, California, May 1972. National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency
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"Michigan Avenue, Chicago" (couple on street) Perry Riddle, Chicago, IL, July 1975. National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency
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"Water cooling towers of the John Amos Power Plant loom over Poca, WV, home that is on the other side of the Kanawha River. Two of the towers emit great clouds of steam." Harry Schaefer, Poca, West Virginia, August 1973(412-DA-8666)
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"Inexpensive retirement hotels are a hallmark of the South Beach area. A favored place is the front porch, where residents sit and chat or watch the activities on the beach." Flip Shulke, South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, June 1973. National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency
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"Religious fervor is mirrored on the face of a Black Muslim woman, one of some 10,000 listening to Elijah Muhammad deliver his annual Savior’s Day message in Chicago. The city is headquarters for the Black Muslims. Their $75 million Empire includes a mosque, newspaper, university, restaurants, real estate, bank, and variety of retail stores. Muhammad died February 25, 1975." John H. White, Chicago, Illinois, March 1974. (caption written in 1975) National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency