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Rotating Exhibit: DOCUMERICA

March 16 @ 10:00 am - April 29 @ 5:00 pm

photo+sphere and the Asheville Museum of Science present photographs from the EPA’s Project DOCUMERICA, a visual time capsule of America and its environmental challenges in the 1970s.

In 1971, America’s newly formed Environmental Protection Agency launched DOCUMERICA, a program to photographically document subjects of environmental concern throughout the country. Over the following six years, the EPA commissioned some seventy photographers, who traveled from coast to coast and to Hawaii and Alaska, shooting everything from beaches, mountains, and deserts to junkyards, streetscapes, and coal mines; from dense city smog and garbage dumps to tiny futuristic cars, buildings made of recycled beer cans, and other forward-thinking innovations.

These images, selected from the database of the U.S. National Archives, form a visual time capsule from an era when America was awakening to the reality of its environmental challenges. Presented at the Asheville Museum of Science, March 16–April 29, 2018.


March 16 @ 10:00 am
April 29 @ 5:00 pm