The Portrait Project

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

 

Elizabeth Camara My mother and I came from Liberia, a country on the west coast of Africa. Due to our country having a civil war...a been in Buffalo since 2004.

Elizabeth Camara
My mother and I came from Liberia, a country on the west coast of Africa. Due to our country having a civil war…a been in Buffalo since 2004.

Aung Kaung Myat I am a refugee from Burma, almost 8 years in the USA. I am a student of Buffalo State College and am running my own business in Buffalo.

Aung Kaung Myat
I am a refugee from Burma, almost 8 years in the USA. I am a student of Buffalo State College and am running my own business in Buffalo.

Edreys Wajed My name is Edreys Wajed, Arabic for “one who writes; master of the pen.” Wajed is “Finder of truth.” Buffalo native. I am a creative visionary, artist, jewelry designer and entrepreneur. My quest has always been to navigate by and honor my crafts, talents, passions, and to take care of my family. I am a father of 2 boys and married to my best friend Alexa who I first fell in love with at 14. My goal is to create a legacy business, to involve my family and children in, and to positively influence friends and even strangers to leave a better place with lasting impact.

Edreys Wajed
My name is Edreys Wajed, Arabic for “one who writes; master of the pen.” Wajed is “Finder of truth.” Buffalo native. I am a creative visionary, artist, jewelry designer and entrepreneur. My quest has always been to navigate by and honor my crafts, talents, passions, and to take care of my family. I am a father of 2 boys and married to my best friend Alexa who I first fell in love with at 14. My goal is to create a legacy business, to involve my family and children in, and to positively influence friends and even strangers to leave a better place with lasting impact.

U Pyinya Zawta Buddhist monk since 11 years old, originally from Burma. Arrived to USA in 2008, former political prisoner. Oscar nominee awards for Burma VJ about Saffron revolution in 2010.

U Pyinya Zawta
Buddhist monk since 11 years old, originally from Burma. Arrived to USA in 2008, former political prisoner. Oscar nominee awards for Burma VJ about Saffron revolution in 2010.

Akuor-Amanya I am from South Sudan and have lived in Buffalo for 14 years. My husband is here. I have family all around the U.S. and South Sudan. I left Sudan because of fighting. I hope that God brings peace to the country. I hope to see my family there. Six years ago I was involved in terrible car accident. I was told that I will never walk, but now I am walking part-time. I was hit by a drunk driver coming the wrong way in a truck. Spent 4 months in nursing home and 1 yr I couldn’t walk. I still have pain. But I thank God to be alive. I thank God for my family doctor. I’ve learned how to work on computer and work in office now.

Akuor-Amanya
I am from South Sudan and have lived in Buffalo for 14 years. My husband is here. I have family all around the U.S. and South Sudan. I left Sudan because of fighting. I hope that God brings peace to the country. I hope to see my family there.
Six years ago I was involved in terrible car accident. I was told that I will never walk, but now I am walking part-time. I was hit by a drunk driver coming the wrong way in a truck. Spent 4 months in nursing home and 1 yr I couldn’t walk. I still have pain. But I thank God to be alive. I thank God for my family doctor. I’ve learned how to work on computer and work in office now.

Beatrice Manue I am from Liberia now living in the United States. I am a single mother and have five kids. Being with my friends brings me laughter and joy.

Beatrice Manue
I am from Liberia now living in the United States. I am a single mother and have five kids. Being with my friends brings me laughter and joy.

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