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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Micah Cash

SPE Member since 2014
Member Chapter: Southeast

Dangerous Waters

Dangerous Waters investigates the landscapes and contemporary social impact of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) hydroelectric program. These photographs explore the tenuous balance between landscapes designed for hydroelectric generation and public recreation. While these dams have become symbols of social and economic prosperity, they also remain visual reminders of loss, population removal, and eminent domain. The ecological and personal sacrifices are privately internalized and the social benefits publicly celebrated.

Over eight decades since its founding by the United States Congress, the social presence of TVA is one of reassurance: employment and opportunity, people before profit, technology as benevolent, and affordable and abundant electricity. The accompanying recreational land is a civic contract to the descendants of those families that were relocated and to the memory of inundated ancestral land.

Fort Loudoun, Downstream

Pickwick Landing, Downstream


Boone, Recreation Area

Apalachia, Reservation

Wilson, Downstream

South Holston

Ocoee #2

South Holston, Downstream

Chatuge, Reservoir

Douglas, Visitor Center

Tims Ford

Chickamauga, Downstream

Pickwick Landing, Switchyard

Douglas, Recreation Area

Norris, Marina


Fontana, Visitor Center

Melton Hill, Upstream

Wilson, Visitor Center

Kentucky, Downstream

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