Character Project Hits DC This Week


“Character Project,” the highly anticipated photo exhibit presented by USA Network and Vanity Fair hits Washington this week. The exhibit debuted in book form as American Character: A Photographic Journey, earlier this month.

The three day affair kicks-off this Thursday at a reception hosted by NBC News’ Tom Brokaw, author of the book’s foreword. DC is “Character Project’s” second stop on a seven city tour. Exhibition is open to the public April 3-5 at Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery. For more information and schedule, click here.

More about the photographers after the jump.


Dawoud Bey: Photographed a diverse cross-section of young Americans near Chicago’s Columbia College.

Anna Mia Davidson: Photographed portraits of sustainable farmers in Washington State.

Jeff Dunas: Shot a color series in and around Los Angeles documenting the American summer experience.

David Eustace: Shot portraits and landscapes as he traveled along the entirety of Route 50, one of the oldest transcontinental roads, stretching over 3000 miles from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Joe Fornabaio: Photographed individuals at barbershops and salons in the New York metro area in order to capture the character of this American ritual.

Mary Ellen Mark: Documented the spirit of New York festivals, parades and summer traditions through black and white photography.

Eric McNatt: Photographed the “wild and wooly, quiet and intense, quirky and idiosyncratic spirit” of his hometown, Brownwood, Texas.

Eric Ogden: Shot portraits of idiosyncratic American musicians who all hail from Michigan, including Iggy Pop, Andrew W.K., Bootsy Collins, Deastro, Andre Williams, and Detroit Cobras.

Sylvia Plachy: Photographed the spirit of the South in Mississippi, in color and black-and-white portraits and panoramas.

Richard Renaldi: Photographed the character of Alaska on its 50th anniversary as a US state.

Marla Rutherford: Shot individuals from around Los Angeles who had never before been professionally photographed.