Inaugural shoot on March 23rd!
Vishavit Singh is a cartoonist, writer, and software engineer who wears a turban as part of his faith. In 2013—after twelve years of experiencing post-9/11 suspicion and hostility due to his appearance—he decided to step onto the streets of New York City dressed as Captain America. At first he was anxious about how others would respond to him in the costume, but the experience was overwhelmingly positive. He realized that he could use the transformation of a familiar icon to spark discussions about perception, prejudice, and who gets to feel like an "American."
This project is a collaborative work inspired by Vishavit's brave and vulnerable gesture. We are looking for superheroes of all races, ages, genders, and walks of life to pose for photographic portraits as Captain America and to share their stories of being uniquely American. The inaugural portrait shoot for the project is in Seattle on March 23rd. If you or someone you know are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “RE: Captain America Project.”
“For the rest of your life, you are going to have this image of me dressed up as Captain America. And you'll never be able to delete that imprinted image voluntarily. And maybe next time you see somebody who looks like me, you might first have this image of Captain America come to your head and inform your perceptions of who that person might or might not be.” - Vishavit Singh