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100 Words: On Photographing In Atlanta

by David Walter Banks
Jun 27, 2011

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Growing up on the outskirts of Atlanta I felt out of place, a stranger in my sterile suburban surroundings. As an adult, I seek to plant new roots inside the city proper, so I've begun to document this new home.

I've found that Atlanta is in many ways defined by a past marred with racial tension and a craving for rapid development and progress. The city's current identity is defined by a stew of race, success, vanity, poverty and glamour, mixed with a slew of contradictions.

I seek to come to terms with my own identity and upbringing by exploring my city's past and present.

David Walter Banks is an American born photographer living in Atlanta, Ga. He is a conceptually based documentary and portrait photographer, and a founding member of Luceo Images.


100 Words is a series in which photographers describe their work, in their own words. Curated by Graham Letorney

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