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 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.