This artist profile is an important one to me because Carol M. Highsmith and her work are the biggest influences on my photography. If not for Carol Highsmith, I probably never would have picked up a camera.
Carol Highsmith is known as “America’s photographer” and it’s easy to see why. For the past 30 years, Highsmith has devoted her life to taking pictures in every corner of the United States and she has captured everything from small town life to the monuments of Washington D.C. Her work has inspired countless other photographers and I’m one of them.
Highsmith has donated her entire life’s work (over 100,000 images!) to the Library of Congress and has also released them into the public domain. For this reason, Highsmith has been called “the most generous artist of our time.”