[North Reading Room east wall. Detail of mural by Ezra Winter illustrating the characters in the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Library of Congress John Adams Building Washington D.C.]

  • [North Reading Room east wall. Detail of mural by Ezra Winter illustrating the characters in the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Library of Congress John Adams Building Washington D.C.]
  • [North Reading Room east wall. Detail of mural by Ezra Winter illustrating the characters in the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Library of Congress John Adams Building Washington D.C.]


Carol M. Highsmith, born 1946 and raised in North Carolina, has often been called "America's Photographer" for her photographic contributions. Her collection in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division is ranked in the top 6 collections overall, alongside crucially important historical photographers such as Dust Bowl photojournalist Dorothea Lange and Civil War photographer Mathew Brady. She has published over 50 exclusive photographic books dedicated to specific cities and states, most of which are published through Random House and have sold over 1.5 million copies nationwide. Highsmith has also been commissioned by the US government for numerous photography projects over the years, including the restorations of the Willard Hotel and Pennsylvania Avenue, the collection of Abraham Lincoln's possessions, and federal courthouses across the country.

Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Carol M. Highsmith.

Includes a border on all sides to allow for matting and framing.