As part of her ongoing journey to document all of America with her camera, contemporary photographer Carol M. Highsmith visited Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and New Mexico in the last year. Her colorful images from these states are now included in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog for your virtual travel enjoyment!
Digital Library Specialist Taren Ouellette and Senior Cataloging Specialist Anne Mitchell, both of the Prints and Photographs Division, help make Highsmith’s contributions available to the public by processing and cataloging these born digital images for the online catalog. I asked them to share some favorites from the most recent states and their choices did not disappoint.
First stop: Arkansas!
Taren notes: “What better way to see all of a place than in an intricate model. Love the detail in this and the others she took of quirky Tiny Town!”
A little further south in Shreveport, Louisiana, Highsmith photographed an eye-catching neon sign for donuts, which also caught Anne’s attention:
And Taren remarked on this photo showing the change to traditional Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, La., where decorated homes replaced parades: “Mardi Gras decorations in New Orleans, LA ‘pivoting’ and staying positive amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.”
In the state of Oklahoma, one of famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s only extant tall buildings, Price Tower of Bartlesville, OK, attracted the attention of both Taren and the photographer:
And Anne enjoyed the visual appeal of this colorful soda shop in Arcadia, Oklahoma:
For many, Kansas evokes images of flat farmland as far as the eye can see, so Taren points to Highsmith’s photos of rock formations, which may be surprising to see!
Both Taren and Anne were drawn to these images of churches in the New Mexico village of Chimayo:
We end our journey in the spectacular former St. Louis Union Station in Missouri. As Taren points out, our collections include other images of this train station before it was converted to different uses over the years, including as a hotel and retail space, so these contemporary color photos continue the grand building’s story into the modern day.
- Explore the newest states in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, including additional related photos to the ones above, searching by state or specific place name in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.
- Some of the sites featured above are included in other collections in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, from earlier time periods. For example, enjoy this range of images related to the St. Louis Union Station in Missouri, from its debut in 1894 onward.
- Revisit previous Picture This blog entries highlighting the growing collection of photos by Carol M. Highsmith: