A national photo project, UnseenAmerica was originally created to enlighten the general public about the lives of immigrant workers. UnseenAmerica has since grown to include all groups that are misrepresented, stereotyped or ignored by mainstream media and mass culture.
UnseenAmerica offers participatory photo workshops to groups over days or weeks. Projects are designed to hone in on the precise personal messages people want to convey to the general public via their images and words. For groups that cannot commit to a participatory workshop, UnseenAmerica also offers portrait sessions taken by professional photographers to pair with the subject's own words.
In addition to facilitating UnseenAmerica, Liz Gottlieb is the author of We Are One: Stories of Work, Life, and Love, and is a licensed clinical social worker. She has MSW from Hunter College CUNY and worked as assistant director of the Members Assistance Program, a social service department within 1199/SEIU, a large health and hospital union in New York for ten years. She has been working to address the problems associated with the roles fear and insecurity can play in our inability to truly get to know one another, and strives to help tackle societal ignorance and the lack of connection between inner identity and the other’s “outer” assumptions.
Charlotte Kesl is an independent photographer based in Gainesville, Florida. She works for national news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Atlantic. She also collaborates with nonprofits. Charlotte has a Masters degree in Media, Communication and Development from the London School of Economics (UK) and a Bachelors of Arts from American University (Washington, D.C.). Since 2008, she has worked for humanitarian organizations in post-conflict countries in West Africa and South America focusing on public health, girl education and women's issues. In 2014, she helped launch Project Cordillera, a sustainable adventure tourism company in South America.