Iris Nights: The Beauty, Humor, and Humanity of America

A Conversation with Carol M. Highsmith and Anne Wilkes Tucker
PAST EVENT: Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Photographer Carol M. Highsmith and Not an Ostrich exhibit curator Anne Wilkes Tucker will discuss Highsmith’s decades-long project to photograph America with images from all 50 states. The conversation will also cover her decision to donate all of her images from the project to the Library of Congress, her experiences “on the road,” and the influence of other trailblazing women photographers, such as Dorothea Lange and Frances Benjamin Johnston, both of whom have inspired Highsmith.


*New Location* — Iris Nights events will be held at Annenberg Space for Photography.

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Carol M. Highsmith
Carol M. Highsmith

Photographer Carol M. Highsmith has been visually documenting late-20th and early-21st century America on behalf of the Library of Congress for 25 years. Her archive at the Library – more than 42,000 images, and growing – includes photographs of people, small towns and metropolitan areas, landscapes and national parks, rural scenes, and the…

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Anne Wilkes Tucker
Anne Wilkes Tucker

Anne Wilkes Tucker is the curator emerita of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, having, in 1976, become founding curator of the photography department for which she acquired 30,000 photographs made on all seven continents. She curated or co-curated over 40 exhibitions, most with accompanying catalogues, including surveys on the Czech Avant-garde, the…

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Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library is the result of celebrated American photography curator Anne Wilkes Tucker’s excavation of nearly 500 images—out of a collection of over 14 million—permanently housed at the Library of Congress.

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