Climate City Experience

"DOCUMERICA": The EPA's Photographic Campaign on Display

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Asheville Museum of Science, 43 Patton Ave, Asheville

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MARCH 16-APRIL 29: PHOTO+SPHERE & ASHEVILLE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE PRESENT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE EPA’s PROJECT, 'DOCUMERICA.' 

 

In 1971, America’s newly formed Environmental Protection Agency launched DOCUMERICA, a program to photographically document subjects of environmental concern throughout the country. DOCUMERICA presents a visual time capsule of America and its environmental challenges in the 1970s.

Over the following six years, the EPA commissioned some 70 photographers, who traveled from coast to coast and to Hawaii and Alaska, shooting everything from beaches, mountains, and deserts to junkyards, streetscapes, and coal mines; from dense city smog and garbage dumps to tiny futuristic cars, buildings made of recycled beer cans, and other forward-thinking innovations. 

These images, selected from the database of the U.S. National Archives, form a visual time capsule from an era when America was awakening to the reality of its environmental challenges. 

Presented at the Asheville Museum of Science by photo+sphere, during regular AMOS hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm, and Sunday, 1 - 5pm. (Regular admission applies except ClimateCon attendees receive a discount.)