Eureka! Picturing the Past, Today
“Then and Now” entries have come in from Boston, Oregon, Maine, and even outer space. California has yet to get in the game, so today’s spotlight is on the Golden State. Help us create Then and Now scenes from this part of our world. You can look up any Documerica photo or get others involved through bitly.com/DiscoverDocumerica. Documerica covered the 50 U.S. states, as well as select territories and international locations from 1971-1977. Beware, you might just think you’re back in bell bottoms.
‘Then’ is DOCUMERICA. ‘Now’ is your chance with State of the Environment. The size of this project, image diversity, and topics that emerge, depends entirely on what you share. Our ‘Then and Now’ challenge showcases the changes in our lives and environment, but it takes your photos! Matches will be shared across EPA social media and displayed alongside the greats of the Documerica Project: Charles O’Rear, Erik Calonius, David Hiser, and Boyd Norton to name just a few.
The Documerica Returns exhibit remains on display at the San Francisco Public Library’s Wallace Stegner Environmental Center. It will be in the main library’s Skylight Gallery through October 1, 2013. Map and Directions
Read about our chat with Charles O’Rear about this day in the field.You can search for 1970s images in two places:
1. A selection of Documerica is available on Flickr. Check out the 1970s in:
San Francisco; California; Hawaii; Nevada; Arizona; New Mexico or click one of those and change the search field to: Documerica [your state / location / topic]
2. Search the full Documerica Collection housed by the National Archives. Search by state, landmark, year or topic within the OPA database. You will see a search page like this. Simply type in your state or key word to start searching.
All Then and Now entries will be shared far and wide. Check out this entry from the other LA – Lewiston, Auburn, Maine:
If you have trouble finding photos, please let us know as a comment here and we will get back to you!
Enjoy, have fun, and we look forward to your contributions to this historic project.
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