In the 1970s, the Environmental Protection Agency sent 70 photographers out into the American landscape to”photographically document subjects of environmental concern,” a project known as DOCUMERICA that was interpreted widely by these photographers, and which yielded some stunning (and often horrifying) results. After reading a recent NPR blog post about the project, we decided to grab select images of Colorado from the amazing digital archive of the project at Enjoy!


3 Responses to No, It’s Not Instagram: Documerica in Colorado

  1. joyce cheney says:

    70s: more undeveloped acres, less body fat

  2. Mary Ellen Davis says:

    Hah! And #40 & #41 remind me of the perpetual brown cloud over Denver, although #41 looks a lot like Golden but it could have been the edge of the same brown cloud. #38, the Rifle Packing Plant, reinforces the message that local food was already under pressure in the 1970s. Very cool!

  3. Ryan says:

    I wish this was Instagram so I could click “like”.


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