Help I.D. This Photograph!
They were on a mission. Nearly 100 freelance photojournalists crossed the country on Amtrak’s new rails, hiked through our National Forests, faced down crop dusting planes and fierce situations – just to get that shot. The life of a photojournalist sounds glamorous to many of us, but it’s not easy work, especially not back then.
There were no pocket-sized digital cameras in 1973. You had to schlep it all, get there (no digital gps either), protect the film, develop the film, and mail it to EPA for consideration for the final selection. The criteria was wide, “…document the lives and environment across the United States. The broad collection of pictures will speak for themselves” – Gifford Hampshire, Documerica Project Director.
However, one still had to include information and captions; don’t forget the cataloging. On the run, they needed to jot enough notes to remember when, what, and why they took the picture.
That didn’t always pan out. Now, we need your help. In this California coastal scene – who is on the ball today, or who has been there (here?). If you know where this is, tell us. Better yet, send in a matching snapshot today and we’ll add it to our Then and Now group. We guarantee it’ll be an easier job of documenting the scene today.
The first person to match it correctly will get some fame on EPA social media, and extra kudos here.
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