The cities, towns and countryside of 21st-century America, and the life of its people, are being documented by distinguished photographer Carol M. Highsmith, who is donating her photographs copyright-free to the Library of Congress to ensure worldwide access and preservation.
Highsmith will photograph the country, state by state, completing the project in approximately 16 years. Her first state, Alabama, was photographed earlier this year, and those photos can be viewed in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog at www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/highsm/. Currently, during summer 2010, Highsmith is photographing Washington, D.C.
Captured with high-resolution digital cameras, the photographs will be archived and maintained by the Library of Congress. The body of work will be easily accessible and downloadable to the public via the Library’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. Under the Library’s care, Highsmith’s 21st-Century America photos will live on for generations to come.
"The acquisition of Carol Highsmith’s 21st-Century America archive is a top priority for the Library of Congress. Her color images are certainly of the highest technical and artistic quality. But more importantly, she has the uncanny ability to identify, focus on and capture for posterity the essential features of our social landscape and physical environment, both natural and man-made," said Jeremy Adamson, director of Collections and Services at the Library.
The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division holds approximately 14.4 million photographs, drawings and prints from the 15th century to the present day. International in scope, these visual collections represent a uniquely rich fund of human experience, knowledge, creativity and achievement, touching on almost every realm of endeavor: science, art, invention, government and political struggle, and history. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/rr/print/.
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