Character Project is USA Network‘s ongoing artistic initiative committed to celebrating America’s characters—the interesting, dazzling, and distinctive people, from all walks of life, who make this country extraordinary. During the summer of 2008 and with the support of Aperture Foundation, USA assembled a team of 11 world-class photographers and asked them to capture the character of America.
Last night the launch party for the book and traveling exhibition was held at Stephen Weiss Studio hosted by Mena Suvari, Jeff Goldblum and Vanity Fair with Aperture characters in tow.
See the exhibition in New York this weekend:
Friday, March 13, 2009 –Saturday, March 14, 9:00 am–7:00 pm
Stephan Weiss Studio
The Character Project photographs are showcased in the book American Character: A Photographic Journey, published by Chronicle Books (March 2009). Featuring each photographer’s provocative perspective on the nation’s most compelling characters, as well as a foreword by internationally renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, American Character captures the continuously evolving mosaic of our country and features Aperture-published artists Dawoud Bey, Jeff Dunas, Mary Ellen Mark, Sylvia Plachy, Richard Renaldi, and Marla Rutherford. The collected works will also be displayed in a series of gallery exhibitions, visiting seven American cities.
To see videos from each of the participating artists, click here.