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THE DOCUMERICA PROJECT: NEW YORK CITY IN THE 1970’s

In 1971, the Environmental Protection Agency commissioned The Documerica Project, a photographic documentation of the effects of modernization on New York City. This project continued until 1977 and involved the work of several renown photographers including Danny Lyon, Suzanne Szasz, Dan McCoy, and Erik Calonius.  The result is a collection of over 15,000 stunning photographs which captured the truth of city life: a juxtaposition of man made architectural landmarks and the subsequent environmental consequences.
From a construction site at World Trade Center to a baseball game at Highland Park to a group quilting bee in Central Park to  a group of children playing at the Kosciusko Swimming Pool at Bed-Stuy, the photographs unveil life in the early 70’s while pointing out obvious socio-environmental comparisons to present day New York City life.

 

 






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