As the country struggled to regain its sense of direction following the political activism
and social idealism of the 1960s, photographers embarked on a search to discover new
subjects, methods and meanings. Color offered an obvious if indistinct way forward, a path
leading beyond the void left by the 1960s and the era of the "concerned photographer"
(as defined by Cornell Capa in 1968) toward some new as yet to be defined sense of purpose.
1970s color photography may thus be characterized as a chaotic and disparate search,
a heterogeneous effort encompassing diverse bodies of work by artists as dissimilar as
Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz, William Eggleston and others toward the rediscovery of
something ennobling and purposeful in modern American life.