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Florida Then, Now with You

2012 September 17

Ponder this, which U.S. state has seen the most change in the last 40 years?

Documerica gave us 558 images of Florida circa 1975; a lasting picture of the striking transformation easily forgotten.  You might ask, what does it all look like now? 

Grab your smartphone or camera for chance to show just that.

Share this call for current photos or search closer to home. The best matches by place or people, will display in the U.S. National Archives Exhibit: Searching for the Seventies, Washington D.C. March – September of 2013.

Entries accepted through State of the Environment on Flickr. Please note which Documerica image inspired you.

CALL FOR PHOTOS: Florida

Photographer Flip Schulke is remembered for the collective coverage of his modest hometown of New Ulm, Minnesota with top photography students from the Columbia School of Journalism in Missouri. Highlighted now, he also captured incredible the mid-1970s in the Florida Keys.

Snorkeler at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park near Key Largo. At the Time of This Picture, Water Clarity Was Good, But Experienced Divers Say Clarity Is Far Less Than It Was 20 Years Ago Because of Dredging and Filling Operations by Land Developers Documerica 1975 by Flip Schulke 1930-2008.

Snorkeler at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park near Key Largo. At the Time of This Picture, Water Clarity Was Good, But Experienced Divers Say Clarity Is Far Less Than It Was 20 Years Ago Because of Dredging and Filling Operations by Land Developers Documerica 1975 by Flip Schulke 1930-2008.

Marco Island Land Development on the Southwest Florida Coast. Many Coastal Developers Dig Channels for Waterfront Property Lots. But Since Hard-To-Get State Permits Are Required to Open the Channels to the Ocean, Small Land Plugs Are Left between the Channel Exits and the Open Water. Buyers, Meanwhile, Are Assured That Such Plugs Are Temporary.

Marco Island Land Development on the Southwest Florida Coast. Many Coastal Developers Dig Channels for Waterfront Property Lots. But Since Hard-To-Get State Permits Are Required to Open the Channels to the Ocean, Small Land Plugs Are Left between the Channel Exits and the Open Water. Buyers, Meanwhile, Are Assured That Such Plugs Are Temporary.

Photograph of One of the Uninhabited Islands between the Southern Coast and the Florida Keys Documerica 1975 by Flip Schulke 1930-2008.

Photograph of One of the Uninhabited Islands between the Southern Coast and the Florida Keys Documerica 1975 by Flip Schulke 1930-2008.

Land Development at Summerland Key Documerica 1975 by Flip Schulke 1930-2008.

Land Development at Summerland Key Documerica 1975 by Flip Schulke 1930-2008.

Follow the Traveling exhibit as it makes it way through the southeast U.S..

To browse more of Flip’s work for Documerica, follow this link to Flip Schulke’s album on Flickr.

You can also participate with State of the Environment by sharing ANY photos you are taking of the landscapes, the people, and the way of life today through 2013.

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3 Responses
  1. Vet Laura permalink
    September 18, 2012

    The improvements over the last 40 are stunning.

  2. Daryl Walters permalink
    September 13, 2013

    Indeed the developments are worth noticing. But the fact that with development issues of environment safety occurs! Really the images are fascinating. I got a chance to live at http://www.theoceansandshotel.ie/ in Sligo, a peaceful place and I wondered how it could be in the past 20 years. If anyone have such photograph please share.

  3. seanbraun permalink
    October 22, 2013

    nice photo Uninhabited Islands ,Uninhabited island are location in world more information 1031 exchange properties

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