On Texas in the 1970’s…..

…from the Atlantic  as a look on the Domcumerica Week Series….

Day 4 of Documerica Week on In Focus, featuring regions of the U.S. covered by the photographers of the Documerica Project in the early 1970s. Today we visit the state of Texas, where photographers captured images of industrialized waterfronts, small town daily life, impoverished neighborhoods, ranch workers, fun at the beach, and more. The Documerica Project was put together by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1971, with a primary goal of documenting adverse effects of modern life on the environment, but photographers were also encouraged to record the daily life of ordinary people, capturing a broad snapshot of America. Come back tomorrow for part 5 of Documerica Week, when we head northwest. [30 photos]

Portrait of a ranch hand who works in the area near Leakey, Texas, May 1973.(Marc St. Gil/National Archives and Records Administration) 

Street scene, downtown Dallas, May 1972. (Bob Smith/NARA) #