• Pond in Essex, Connecticut, 2011.

  • Connecticut stone fences, 2011.

  • Tobacco barns in Windsor, Connecticut, 2011.

  • The town of Stonington, Connecticut, 2011.

  • ORourkes Diner, Middletown, Connecticut, 2011.

Connecticut Captured: A 21st Century Look at an American Classic

Feb 5, 2016 - Mar 12, 2016

Carol M. Highsmith has been taking photographs for more than 35 years and has been called “America’s Photographer.” At the Library of Congress, her photographs are highlighted alongside the work of Civil War photographer Mathew Brady and Depression Era photojournalist Dorothea Lange. For her most recent project, Highsmith is embarking on a 50-state tour to capture timeless images of the American landscape for the Library of Congress’s permanent collection. The thousands of images she takes are free for downloading immediately, to anyone for any purpose.

Connecticut is one of the first states Highsmith has visited, spending many months traveling in and photographing every corner—creating a permanent visual portrait of the people, animals, natural surroundings and built environment of “The Constitution State.” This exhibition will feature images from Highsmith’s publication Connecticut and will show the diversity of the state: its charming rolling roads and Colonial villages; its rich maritime heritage; its ubiquitous house museums; and the vestiges of the state’s industrial might and bustling railroads in cities throughout the state.

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