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MISSION STATEMENT: It is the mission of the This Is America! Foundation to produce the first comprehensive visual study of the entire nation since the invaluable documentation of the Depression and Dust Bowl era by Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and their Farm Security Administration colleagues 75 years ago.
Over ten years, This Is America! will produce more than 50,000 highest-resolution digital photographs as well as state-of-the-art videos. These images and videos will document every state and many U.S. territories, their built environment, landscape, and human interactions in the complex and fast-changing early years of the 21st Century.
Acclaimed photographer Carol M. Highsmith and celebrated video producer Connie Doebele will make a particular point of capturing scenes of "disappearing America" slices of American life threatened by technological change, rampant development, and widespread cultural homogenization.
The images and visual and oral record resulting from these expeditions will immediately be donated, copyright-free, to the Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's greatest collection of human knowledge and achievement.
There, this unprecedented legacy of our times will be available copyright-free for the unfettered use of today's and future students, historians, journalists indeed anyone on earth. The world's largest library desperately needs such an archive, as the overwhelming majority of its visual holdings, produced on black-and-white film, as woodcuts, or as daguerreotype prints, predate 1950.
The This is America! digital photographs and videos will also be presented at no cost to the states and communities visited, benefiting historical societies, development and promotional activities, and educational programs. }}}