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Dump fire, Stowe, Vermont, 1971

PC044.TMP.040 (RS81120)

Description

The burning at the local dump was a volatile public issue in Stowe. Reed spent many hours documenting the deleterious effects of the smoke on the small town. In this view, he included a series of fence posts evocative of grave markers in a not-so-subtle allusion to the potential impact of pollution. The early 1970s was an era when environmental activism and awareness of pollution were slowly growing in the United States.

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Details

Collection Name
Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972
Collection Code
PC044
Dates
1971
Physical Description
1 photograph
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
GUSN
194123
Reference Code
PC044.TMP.040

Record details

Originator
Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)
Descriptive Terms
fires (events)
landscapes (representations)
pollution
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Places
Stowe (Lamoille county, Vermont)
Notes
Included in the exhibition, A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972.

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