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Today’s Photo: A breath of fresh air?

2013 March 26

Looking back forty years ago we are shocked. We forget, but DOCUMERICA reminds us. 

Black smoke pouring from smokestacks and brown smog so thick you couldn’t see across the Hudson River was a reality then. What was forever preserved in Kodachrome, is back in the spotlight today.

It’s a challenge to photograph ‘air’, but the severity of our air quality back then made it easier.

The George Washington Bridge in Heavy Smog. View toward the New Jersey Side of the Hudson River. Chester Higgins May 1973

The George Washington Bridge in Heavy Smog. View toward the New Jersey Side of the Hudson River. Chester Higgins May 1973

Through State of the Environment, we’re asking you to answer: are we better off?

Thermal Inversion Freedom Tower, March 10, 2013 by ken mccown on Flickr

Thermal Inversion Freedom Tower, March 10, 2013 by ken mccown on Flickr

Since 2011, it has been up to you to submit photos that openly show our environmental quality now. How is it: below your feet, in front of your eyes?

Our problems and challenges today may be less obvious. Some we have even overcome. But what can you and your camera show for the new challenges that we face now?

This public documentary is the only time that DOCUMERICA has been revisited in the last four decades. Today, it is about your view of our world; tiny or vast. Share what you see with State of the Environment on Flickr.

This project is collecting current photo contributions from around the world through the end of 2013.

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One Response
  1. Doug Richardson permalink
    April 22, 2013

    This is horrible. We have done this to ourselves. We need to make a change!

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