03/23/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT
>• What does character look like? Eleven well-known photographers offer up their interpretations in American Character, a book featuring portraits of ordinary citizens from coast to coast.
RICHARD RENALDI trained his lens on natives and visitors to Alaska, including the summer workers from Seattle below. "I wanted to explore how life is lived along the distant margins of the American continent," he writes.
ANNA MIA DAVIDSON focused on organic farmers of the Pacific Northwest. The work of being "a true steward of the land," she writes, "is humbling to witness."