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Documerica Project

By: Catie Leary on March 26, 2010, 12:37 p.m.
A woman photographs flowers in May 1972 in Arches National Park

Photo: David Hiser/EPA/NARA

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Environmental snapshot

For the Documerica Project (1971-77), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities and everyday life in the 1970s. The U.S. National Archives digitized more than 15,000 photographs from this series, and they can now be seen online.

Here, woman photographs flowers in Arches National Park, located in the heart of the Redrock country of southeastern Utah, in May 1972.