Picture Show: American Faith

The word faith often refers to a belief in something not based on proof. From that perspective, the idea of attempting to photograph it would seem a near impossible undertaking.

The word faith often refers to a belief in something not based on proof. From that perspective, the idea of attempting to photograph it would seem a near impossible undertaking. Yet that's precisely what Christopher Churchill set out to do. Over the last five years, Churchill has traveled across the United States, knocking on the doors of strangers and asking how they experience faith, all the while hoping that that his quest would somehow result in something cohesive. The exploration took him far beyond the confines of specific religions, revealing an inherent and universal human need to be connected to something greater.We're proud to offer a small selection from Christopher Churchill's "American Faith" below. A more robust version, with more photos and with audio, can be found here.

Girl in class. Dearborn, Michigan, 2005

Dollywood. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, 2004

Hudderite Classroom. Guildford, Montana, 2005

Minister Rodney Muhammad and Laycolaion Muhammad. Dorchester, Massachusetts, 2006

Television at service. Chokoloskee Island, Florida, 2006

Pat Robertson on TV. Red Roof Inn, Jamestown, New York, 2004

Private Greg Melendez. Acoma, New Mexico, 2007

Julie Shuster, Director UFO Museum and Research Center. Roswell, New Mexico, 2007

Power Lines Leading to the Hoover Dam. Lake Mead, Nevada, 2007

Craig Sargent Newbury. Conway, Washington, 2007

Drive Through Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2007

Priestess Miriam Shamani. New Orleans, 2005

Bob Whetstone. Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, 2006

Girl at her quincenera. Toppenish, Washington, 2007

Mariachi band. Toppenish, Washington, 2007

Potato Processing Plant. Mount Vernon, Washington, 2007

Hudderite Girls. Guildford, Montana, 2005

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They worked behind the scenes, but now they're getting the credit they deserve as their accomplishments are brought to the forefront. Their amazing stories were detailed in the book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly, which was later turned into a movie. (Darden was not featured in the movie, but was in the book). Johnson has a building at NASA named after her, and a street in front of NASA's Washington D.C. headquarters was renamed "Hidden Figures Way."

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