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America through the lens of Carol M. Highsmith

Photographer Carol M. Highsmith's ambitious Library of Congress quest -- a 50-state tour to capture timeless images for their permanent collection -- will freeze our nation in her frame. And the thousands of images will be free for downloading immediately, to anyone for any purpose.

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History in the taking
Article | As photo assignments go, it's a doozy. Spend 16 years capturing the disappearing highways, byways, buildings, barns, lighthouses, baseball games and bake-offs that define American life as we know it, then salt it away for posterity in the world's largest library.

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