Joe Fornabaio

CHARACTER PROJECT

I'm proud to announce my participation in 'CHARACTER PROJECT', USA Network's celebration of the character of America through the vision of 11 photographers with a book and traveling exhibition.

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 unique. Inspired by its “Characters Welcome” brand, and with the support of Aperture Foundation, USA assembled a team of 11 world-class photographers during the summer of 2008 and asked them to capture the character of America. Each artist’s vision was as unique as the people and places they photographed. From Alaska to New York, the subjects they encountered are a stunning example of our country’s diversity. The musicians and mothers, fishermen and farmers, athletes and artists, at home, at work, and at play, are a true representation of what it means to live in America today. Reminding us, once again, that we are all characters. And we’re all welcome.

The photographs taken for character Project will be showcased in the book American Character: A Photographic Journey (Chronicle Books, 2009), featuring a foreword by internationally renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw. The collected works will also be displayed in a gallery exhibition visiting seven american cities: New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.