The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
It Suits Me
A documentary film company recently contacted the Archives because it holds the records of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH). The documentary focuses on ichthyologist Sylvia Earle, a member of the society.
I began searching through group photos from the ASIH's annual meetings - a worthy occupation, but understandably lacking in excitement. However, my interest grew as I discovered a greater social significance in these photographs - the evolution of everyday clothing during the last quarter of the 20th century. Please enjoy the slideshow below for more details.