An Evening with “America’s Photographer,” Carol M. Highsmith, to Discuss “Connecticut Captured” Photo Exhibit at Connecticut Historical Society

February 18, 2016 · Press Releases

HARTFORD, CONN., (February 18, 2016) – Renowned photographer, Carol M. Highsmith, will give a lecture on Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. to discuss her Connecticut Captured: A 21st Century Look at an American Classic exhibit currently on display at the Connecticut Historical Society. Highsmith will tell the story of why she selected certain photographs to represent Connecticut’s diverse landscape and way of life – and will share her experiences creating the larger, multi-year “21st-Century America” photo project she is working on for the Library of Congress. Tickets include a wine and cheese reception with Highsmith and cost $5 for CHS members and $10 for non-members. Reservations are requested by calling (860) 236-5621 x238 or sending an e-mail to rsvp@chs.org.

For 35 years, Highsmith, has produced memorable images of life and places across the United States, amassing a collection of 30,000 images. Her work has been published in Smithsonian, Time, The New York Times, Architecture, The Washington Post Magazine and other national publications. Known as “America’s photographer,” she is ranked alongside historical luminaries including Civil War master photographer, Mathew Brady, and Depression-era photojournalist, Dorothea Lange. In fact, “Connecticut Captured” and the “21st Century America” project are essentially a continuation of Lange’s WPA photography project started in the 1930s.

“It is a real treat to have Carol M. Highsmith visit the Connecticut Historical Society and share her personal stories as a photographer and artist,” said Jody Blankenship, CEO of the CHS. “She truly captures the soul and diversity of our well-photographed state, from farm to factory to shoreline, accentuating our rolling roads, Colonial villages, and historic landmarks in a crisp and emotional way. This will be a fascinating evening for fans of her work, our state, and history in general.”

Highsmith’s Connecticut Captured: A 21st Century Look at an American Classic exhibit at the Connecticut Historical Society takes place now through March 12. Admission is free for CHS members and children 5 and under, and is included in general admission to the CHS museum and library ($8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for youth 6-17). The Connecticut Historical Society, located at one Elizabeth Street in Hartford, is open Tuesday–Thursday, 12–5 p.m., and Friday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Free parking is available.

The Connecticut Historical Society (www.CHS.org) is a private, not-for-profit museum, library, research and educational center. Founded in 1825, the CHS is one of the oldest state-level historical societies in the nation. The CHS works to connect visitors to the story of Connecticut, and to help create a society that values historical perspective and understanding as essential tools in connecting with others, shaping communities, and making informed decisions. To accomplish that purpose, CHS collects and preserves material (books, documents, images, and artifacts) related to Connecticut’s social, cultural, and family history and makes those materials available for public education and use onsite at its building on Elizabeth Street in Hartford, off-site at other locations, and online.

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