The Shutdown Stories Project

The Shutdown Stories Project is a photographic essay of 21 real people — 21 of 800,000 workers — affected by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, starting in December 2018 and continuing through most of January 2019. I created the Shutdown Stories Project with one of my friends, fellow DC photographer and content creator Kirth Bobb.

This was a volunteer campaign that blended photography, video (above), blogs, social media, and old school media relations. The Shutdown Stories were well viewed and seen during the two weeks prior to the shutdown receiving a temporary stay, including TV and media coverage. The project was also featured by national photography trade press.

It seems like a fitting moment to publish the video given the impending federal funding deadline, which looks like the permanent end to the Trump Shutdown. The above short documentary was produced by Metamer Productions, LLC!

You can see the whole project on