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Book Presentation of “Down and Out in the South”, Naarden, May 18, 2013

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Dutch photo book publisher Ipso Facto (IF) is pleased to announce the release of Jan Banning’s latest photo book Down and Out in the South on May 18, 2013.
The book contains 42 portraits of homeless men and women from the southern United States. While not the first to photograph modern society’s outcasts, Banning’s approach is unusual. Eschewing caricaturizing 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 commonly labeled.

“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.”
Felicia Feaster, Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2012 Festival Guide

Appended to the photo book is a “Giveaway Edition,” designed to create easy access to the photo project in public spaces and to raise questions about property. The book also contains a fiery introductory essay by the young Atlanta-based writer James Swift and an Artist’s Statement by Banning. Down and Out in the South is simultaneously launched as a digital edition (for iPad), with sound and video fragments. Customers can now purchase this iBook or download a free excerpt here.

Special Price till May 18, 2013:
Including shipping costs:
NL: EUR 30 – Europe: EUR 35 – USA: USD 46.71 – Australia: AUS 53.47
After May 18, 2013 (including shipping costs):
NL: EUR 35 – Europe: EUR 40 – USA: USD 53 – Australia: AUD 60

Book Presentation
You are welcome to attend the book presentation of “Down and Out in the South”, May 18, 2013 at 5.30 PM in de Grote Kerk, Sint Annastraat 5,  (1411 PE) Naarden, Netherlands. Here, you can also visit the exhibition (of 23 of the photos), which is part of the FOTOFESTIVAL NAARDEN 2013.
The book presentation is sponsored by

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Obama’s popularity in Africa

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Mr. Obama in popular culture in Africa Uganda photos

The young rhino in Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary was the first baby rhino to be born in Uganda in 28 years. His mother is from the USA and his father is from Kenya. The Ugandans who imported his parents have named him, in an endearing way: Mr. Obama.Since the end of WWII, Barack Obama is likely the U.S.’s biggest public relations asset in the Third World. I was in Indonesia when he was elected for the first time in 2008, and I experienced the Indonesians’ jubilation because they considered him to be one of them. In the early 2000s, when I was visiting Indonesia and a few African countries, I saw a considerable number of Osama Bin Laden t-shirts, but now I see “Obama” restaurants, “Obama” beauty salons and “Obama” Unisex (haircuts for men and women) in Uganda. And while attending a show of the Ndere Troupe in Kampala, the moderator explained that Obama was an acronym for the phrase “Original Black African Managing America.” According to my friend Jantien Zuurbier, living in Kampala, the number of fans of Obama may have decreased somewhat since the last US elections, however on my many travels since the mid-1980s, I have never seen such strong feelings of friendship for the United States as I do now under Obama.The owner of this Obama restaurant serving Obama samosas (snacks, originally from India), however, was slightly suspicious of the inquisitive muzungu (white man) with camera; he may have thought I was a copyright infringement lawyer.

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