It’s been more than two decades since Lauri Lyons traversed the United States, meeting people and asking them about their feelings about our country. She photographed each of them holding the American flag, traveling from place to place by train, and stopping in youth hostels along the way. She met parents, children, missionaries, former gang members, police officers, and more. Her book Flag: An American Story was released in 2001. American identity is a theme she’d refer to again and again throughout her career, as a documentary photographer, journalist, and author.