Photo Exhibit “Character Project” Opens In DC In Style

From photo exhibit

Pepco’s Edison Gallery in Chinatown was packed last night for the opening of “Character Project,” the highly anticipated photo exhibit presented by USA Network and Vanity Fair.

NBC’s Tom Brokaw made remarks, which included “the pictures on the gallery’s walls (and in the book) remind us of our immigrant roots, there’s much more to this country than NY and DC and America will be great again.”

DC journos in attendance: NBC’s Betsy Fischer and Luke Russert, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and WashTimes’ Liz Glover.

Also spotted Adrian Brody (not that guy from MTV’s The Hills), Tatyana Ali (I dared Matt to rap the opening from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with her, but he’s a wuss) and Dule Hill (Charlie Young on West Wing).

And they had a great gift bag, which included a copy of the photo book “American Character: A Photographic Journey.” Foreward by Brokaw.

DC is “Character Project’s” second stop on a seven city tour. Exhibition is open to the public April 3-5. For more information and schedule, click here.

Red carpet entrances outside the Edison Gallery last night.

Info about the photographers from an earlier release 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.