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Down And Out In The South

This is a tremendous portrait project with a poignant social message. So often, homeless people are treated as less than human, ignored both in theory and in reality by society as a whole. So when Dutch photographer Jan Banning took a residency at the 701 Center for Creative Art in Columbia, South Carolina, the socially minded photographer decided to set up a makeshift studio in a housing facility for aid of the homeless, and he made beautiful, dignified portraits of these people without preying on them. It’s certainly a well covered subject, but Banning’s approach is definitely unique. The result is a lesson not only in beautiful portraiture, but also a lesson in how to treat subjects with dignity and photograph to serve a greater purpose.

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