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Photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt of the Great Lakes Before the Clean Water Act

By Lily Rothman and Liz Ronk  |  TIME Magazine In 1968, LIFE magazine dispatched photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt to the Great Lakes to capture a crisis that required no national awareness day to make itself known. >> Story and photo gallery

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DOCUMERICA: A pictorial look at everyday life in 1970s America

In 1971, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced its DOCUMERICA project, an ambitious endeavor intended to photographically observe Americans, their surroundings, and their daily impact on the environment. With former National Geographic photo editor Gifford Hampshire at the helm, the project began in earnest in January of 1972, providing freelance photographers a per diem allowance and an […]