Carol M. Highsmith

Carol M. Highsmith

Born May 18, 1946

Carol M. Highsmith is a photographer, author, and publisher who has photographed all 50 of the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for 30 years. She specializes in documenting architecture, including the monumental, the everyday and the whimsical. Highsmith is donating her life’s work of more than 100,000 images, copyright-free, to the Library of Congress, which established a rare one-person archive. The Carol M.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on May 18, 1946.


1969 23 Years Old In 1969, Highsmith heard on the radio, at a time when stations were reporting such events, that her husband had committed suicide in his art studio. … Read More


1976 - 1979 2 More Events
1980 34 Years Old Soon photography would rise to the forefront of her life. The career change began in 1980, when she was named WMAL's Employee of the Year. … Read More
1984 38 Years Old By that time, Highsmith was well into her photography career, having left radio behind in 1984. … Read More
1985 39 Years Old Her work at Sears House would lead to Highsmith's first photographic honor, a 1985 Award of Excellence from Communication Arts magazine.


1986 40 Years Old When Landphair returned to Washington to join the Voice of America in 1986, he and Highsmith reconnected, and they married two years later as the Pennsylvania Avenue book was going to press. … Read More
1987 41 Years Old In 1987, Highsmith's tie to "The Avenue of Presidents" solidified when she was hired by the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Commission to document its wave of renovations on the avenue.
1988 42 Years Old Pennsylvania Avenue: America's Main Street, published by the American Institute of Architects' AIA Press in 1988, became the first of her dozens of books. … Read More
In 1992, the Library of Congress accepted 500 of Highsmith's photographs as the first installment of her continuing work to document architectural transitions in the nation's capital. … Read More


2000 54 Years Old 1 More Event
"As you both know, it took forty years, eight presidents, and a great succession of Congressional enactments" to "revive the Avenue," U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who had spearheaded Pennsylvania Avenue's renovation since his days as an aide to President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s, wrote Highsmith and Landphair in 2000. "And you deserve a considerable share of the credit."
2002 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2002, Crescent Books published World Trade Center: Tribute and Remembrance, about the 2001 September 11 attacks in New York and exclusively featuring Highsmith's photographs. … Read More


2009 63 Years Old In March 2009, the Library of Congress profiled four women, including Highsmith, during Women's History Month. … Read More
2011 65 Years Old In an hour-long interview with C-Span founder and host Brian Lamb on July 17, 2011, Highsmith spoke extensively of her childhood in Minneapolis and her summers spent in the South. … Read More
2012 66 Years Old In February 2012, Carol Highsmith returned to her birth city in North Carolina to record a tape about her childhood experiences that would be played four months later at the opening of the Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) in Wentworth, North Carolina. … Read More
On April 28, 2013, the CBS television news magazine "CBS This Morning" featured Highsmith's work in a lengthy segment titled, "Saving America for Posterity at the Library of Congress". … Read More
2014 68 Years Old Highsmith spent much of the first six months of 2014 on a photo expedition to Texas the produced more than 5,000 fresh images of the Lone Star State for the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Collection. … Read More
…  The Connecticut work, completed in 2015, culminated in both an archive of Highsmith images in the Library of Congress collection and a coffee-table book, simply titled Connecticut, published by Chelsea Publishing Inc. the same year. … Read More
2016 70 Years Old In July 2016, Highsmith instituted a $1.35 billion lawsuit against two stock photography organizations, Getty Images and Alamy, and their agents, over their attempts to assert copyright over, and charge fees for the use of, 18,755 of her images, after Getty sent her a bill for one of the images, which she used on her own website.
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