In July of 2015, California based Photographer David Kafer returned to Buffalo, his hometown, to begin work on the laborious task of photographing 100,000 portraits across the United States. The project involves documenting a portrait of each participant as well allowing each person to write a story about themselves.
Kafer’s mission statement says “Each participant is required to write something important to them. I am looking for stories old and new, happy and sad, but mostly sincere and honest. I am asking for you to be vulnerable, open up the door to your heart, mind, experiences, etc. and to let me in”.
The template of the project allows Kafer not only to capture a photograph of a person at a unique moment in their life, but also allows them to tie their story to the portrait in their own voice giving an insightful look into that persons life at the time of the photograph.
A year later we look back at some of the first photographs of the project, taken here in Buffalo, and the stories that go along with them. For more information on the Portrait Project go to www.portraitproject100k.com