“Our Only World”—An American Vision


The photo exhibition “Our Only World,” opened at the Smithsonian Institution in 1974, is conceivably the first example of a photo exhibition in which a national government consciously employed photographic eco-images to emphasize the complexity of environmentalism and to sanction specific behavioral patterns. The exhibition employed eco-images not only with an educational intent, but especially to reaffirm and underpin the role of American environmental policy as a forerunner of and role model for international action.

DOI: doi.org/10.5282/rcc/6208