For six months, the nation’s premier photographic gallery, the Annenberg Space for Photography, exhibited images from the Library of Congress’s historic visual archive in a show bizarrely called “Not an Ostrich.” (You had to be there to get it.) I am proud that 48 of the 400 photos were mine, and a movie that ran throughout featured my travels and reflections.
Only TWENTY — that’s right, 20! visitors a day are allowed to see, let alone photograph, this wonder on the Arizona-Utah border. Carol got her chance recently and jumped at it as a new jewel for her America collection.
Phase One, the Danish company that makes Carol’s favorite camera, producing the largest-megapixel images on earth, posts more than 500,000 images! every day on three Instagram sites: Phase One, Capture One, and Phase One Photo. Of those HALF A MILLION images, at least one of Carol’s images is selected almost every day. Here, ALL THREE of the top nine are Highsmith images!!
Over 40 years visually documenting America for our esteemed national library, I’ve photographed some sweeping panoramas. But one of my most treasured moments involved a single item no bigger than a harmonica. It was a derringer – the very gun with which John Wilkes Booth mortally wounded Abraham Lincoln. At Ford’s Theatre, one of many stops on my personal pursuit of Lincoln’s remarkable markers from Washington, D.C., to Illinois, the National Park Service gingerly brought out the pistol for me to capture. Here it is, featured on the cover the Audiobook version of Gore Vidal’s fictional Lincoln chronicle.
Depict, a new company that makes digital frames into which their owners can insert what the company called “museum-worthy” customized art and fine photography, is featuring Highsmith images, including a series called “Neon Alley 2.”
The other day, a neighbor stopped me and exclaimed, “I saw your credit on ‘The Irishman’ flick!” And sure enough, there it is in the Martin Scorsese epic crime film, deep in the credits that roll along well after people have filed out of the theater. Still, it warmed my (Scotch-) Irish heart. Now if I could only figure out which of my images appear, and where! Maybe you can help me spot it.
You may recall that 40 of my images were featured in a 2018 exhibit about the historic Library of Congress collection at the fabled Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. Well, somebody out there likes me – or at least my work. Right now my photographs and those of Camilo José Vergara are highlighted in a year-long “L.A. Murals” exhibition at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. It’s a fact, Jack: I love, and love to photograph, murals!
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization after my own heart. It gathers a host of creative works that others may use freely, without copyright or royalty restriction. That’s exactly what I’m doing with my 52,000 images on the Library of Congress online site. Creative Commons kindly produced this detailed and lovely piece about me.
That’s not my slogan. It’s Meural’s. Founded in 2014, Meural has created customer-selected art and fine photography on rotatable “digital canvases,” surrounded by actual fine frames. I am thrilled that Meural is now featuring and promoting my images, including, recently, those of noteworthy American scenes as well as historic Route 66 in particular.
As those who know a focal length from an f-stop may know, I carry and almost exclusively use a 151-megapixel Phase One camera, which produces unparalleled resolution. My Phase One dealer, Digital Transitions in NYC, profiles photographers from time to time, and this time was my time. And Dorothy’s!