This year marks the 40th anniversary of “Documerica”, a photodocumentary program created by the US EPA to “pictorially document the environmental movement in America” throughout the 1970s. Freelance photographers from across the country spent the next 5 years widely interpreting the program’s mission through their photographs. Many photographs depict some of the well-known environmental problems that plagued our nation at that time, while others document the environment’s role in everyday life. Over 20,000 photographs were taken, most of which have been digitized and are available through the national archives.
The Associated Press recently had their own freelance photographers return to some of the locations originally documented to show what has changed in the last four decades.
Some ofthe before and after photographs can be seen here: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120422/news/704229935/photos/
So, how will our environment look in another 40 years?