Down and Out in the South


Publisher: Ipso Facto (Utrecht, Netherlands)

ISBN 978-90-77386-09-5
Dimensions: 235 x 320 mm (9.25 x 12.6 inches), 96 pages, hardcover with 42 photos
+‘Giveaway Edition’, 320 x 470 mm (12.6 x 18.5 inches), 8 pages.
Weight: 0.95 kg.

Text by James Swift
Design: Peter Jonker

Language: English and Dutch

In “Down and Out in the South,” Jan Banning photographed 42 homeless men and women in Atlanta, Ga.; Columbia, S.C.; and the Mississippi Delta. While he is not the first to photograph modern society’s outcasts, his approach is new. Eschewing caricaturized depictions, Banning places his subjects in a studio setting without their stereotypical belongings, focusing instead on their individuality — on who they are rather than what they are.

Felicia Feaster, Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2012 Festival Guide:
“Rather than the expected treatment of a marginalized population, Banning takes a more artful approach… [He] builds their identity back up in his soulful portraits [and] confers a serenity on people who we normally try desperately not to contemplate.”