I got wind of this project- Character Roadtrip- by the cable network, USA, a few months ago. It's definitely worth checking out. Basically, USA commissioned eleven famous photographers to go out and take pictures of different categories of "characters." The rundown:
Dawoud Bey, "Young Chicagoans"
Anna Mia Davidson, "Sustainable Farmers of Washington State"
Jeff Dunas, "American Summer"
David Eustace, "Highway 50"
Joe Fornabaio, "New York City barber shops and salons"
Mary Ellen Mark, "New York Festivals"
Eric McNatt, "Texas Homecoming"
Eric Ogden, "Michigan Musicians"
Sylvia Plachy, "The Spirit of the South"
Richard Renaldi,"The 49th State [Alaska. What-what!]"
Marla Rutherford, "Moment of Fame"
In the current recessive, tense, and cloudy state of society, Character Project exhibits a lovely and heartening depiction of America through its proper lense: unique, beautiful, imperfect, hard-working, big-dreaming individuals.