The Library of Congress is acquiring 4,000 digital images documenting present-day California from distinguished photographer Carol M. Highsmith, who is traveling throughout the Golden State.
Highsmith is photographing California during the next several months, in cities large and small, from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration to El Centro’s vegetable fields and the world-famous Yosemite National Park.
Highsmith’s California project is made possible by funding from the Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation in memory of Jon B. Lovelace. The collection will provide a valuable visual portrait of California at the beginning of the 21st century and will be given to the Library copyright-free. The images will be housed in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division.
These photographs are part of Highsmith’s This Is America! project, which will document America state by state over the next 15 years.
Highsmith completed her first state, Alabama, in 2010, with the financial support of George F. Landegger, who also funded her work in Washington D.C. and Connecticut.
The George F. Landegger Alabama Collection, as well as the Highsmith archive, can be viewed in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.