About the Shutdown Stories Project

The federal shutdown affects the entire region Washington, DC region, hurting our neighbors, friends, and families. Without our federal workforce, local services suffer, national air travel becomes difficult, and our Smithsonian museums and national parks close.

Federal workers have become unwilling pawns. Perhaps most dehumanizing the media and certain politicians relegate these great individuals as a blind number, “800,000 federal workers.” Teaming together, DC photographer Kirth Bobb and Geoff Livingston spent an afternoon at Creative Hands Studio to provide more than 20 federal employees with professional headshots, whether they are furloughed or worse being made to work without pay.

These are their stories.