Our parents had it good. Very good. Sure there were times of turmoil and some wars that not many understood, but the seventies we’re (as most remember them) a time of fun, frivolity and fashion.
I stumbled across a photo essay today – the details of which are below, and took a few mins out to appreciate the era that was just before my time.
The project was called DOCUMERICA (1971-1977).
Created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), DOCUMERICA was born out of the decade’s environmental awakening, producing striking photographs of many of that era’s environmental problems and achievements. Drawing its inspiration from the depression era Farm Security Administration photography project, project photographers created a portrait of America in the early-and-mid-1970s.
They documented small Midwestern towns, barrios in the Southwest, and coal mining communities in Appalachia. Their assignments were as varied as African American life in Chicago, urban renewal in Kansas City, commuters in Washington, DC, and migrant farm workers in Colorado.
you can see the ENTIRE collection over at their Flickr Page. Beautiful.