Featuring more than 125 photographs of diverse Americans of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, "American Character: A Photographic Journey" is a fine-art book showcasing the unique perspectives of 11 world-class photographers, including Mary Ellen Mark, Sylvia Plachy, Richard Renaldi, Jeff Dunas and Chicago's own Dawoud Bey, who photographed students around Columbia College where he is a professor of photography.
A free public exhibition of photographs included in "American Character" will take place from 9 a.m.-6 p.m on Friday, April 24, and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at River North's Alan Koppel Gallery (210 W. Chicago Ave., 312-640-0730).
The Chicago stop is one of a seven-city tour for "Character Project" that runs through April and May.
USA Network and Comcast will present an educational component to the exhibition for local high school students, including a photography contest, field trips and Q&A sessions with the "Character Project" photographers.
All proceeds from the "Character Project" initiative will benefit the Aperture Foundation, a nonprofit photography organization, and Characters Unite, USA's new social platform promoting acceptance and understanding.