From FSA to EPA: Project documerica, the dustbowl legacy, and the quest to photograph 1970s America.

@inproceedings{Shubinski2011FromFT,
  title={From FSA to EPA: Project documerica, the dustbowl legacy, and the quest to photograph 1970s America.},
  author={Barbara Lynn Shubinski},
  year={2011}
}
This dissertation interprets the images and archival records of Project Documerica, the Environmental Protection Agency’s photography project that ran from 1971 to 1977. Directed by Gifford Hampshire, a former National Geographic editor, Documerica was modeled on 1930s Farm Security Administration photography, which had helped establish the documentary genre through iconic images of Depression-era America. Whereas the FSA had shown the human costs of the Dust Bowl, Documerica aimed to reveal… 

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