☛ The U.S. National Archives on FLickr: “Constitution Beach – Within Sight and Sound of Logan Airport’s Takeoff Runway 22r” photograph by Michael Philip Manheim, July 1973. Part of the series DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, compiled 1972 – 1977. Persistent URL, Local Identifier: 412-DA-5980. No known copyright restrictions.
About the Documerica Project and Michael Philip Manheim:
For the Documerica Project (1971-1977), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s.
Michael Philip Manheim was one of nearly one hundred photographers hired for DOCUMERICA. His assignment was to document the noise pollution crises in the East Boston neighborhood around Neptune Road.
Manheim captured powerful images of the deteriorating community, illustrating its uncomfortable proximity to one of the nation’s busiest airports and the plight of residents living under the landing path of jets on the approach to Logan’s busy runways. (National Archive on Flickr: DOCUMERICA – Michael Philip Manheim)
See the whole Documerica archive on The National Archive website.
One can also visit Michael Philip Manheim official website (Flash is required). He’s represented by the art dealer Contemporary Works where one can read a biography of Manheim.
His book See-Saw Sampler in which he edits and presents “the photographs of his younger self” is quite interesting. One can browse the whole book at his official website (Flash is required). $400US signed and numbered deluxe edition are available at Contemporary Works.
Finally, below is another shot of the couple depicted above (Persistent URL, Local Identifier: 412-DA-5978):
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