In her next project for the Library of Congress, in what she calls her “career capstone,” Carol Highsmith is creating a multi-year visual record of the early part of this century, a portrait of the United States as a dynamic and ever-changing nation. Funding for the 21st-Century America Project is being sought through the project’s foundation.
The project will include an oral history component, and will be the first truly comprehensive photographic study of the entire nation since the historic Farm Security Administration work of Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and other photographers during the Depression and Dust-Bowl era of the early 20th century.
“America’s my palette, and in my opinion we’re not showcasing America enough right now throughout the world,” said Highsmith. “There’s no better way to show off America than to take these images and donate them to the Library of Congress.”