100 Words: Photographers Speak

100 Words: On Photographing In Atlanta

  • Brick Squad producer South Side near the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta.
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    Brick Squad producer South Side near the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta.
    David Walter Banks/LUCEO
  • Parking, downtown Atlanta, 2011
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    Parking, downtown Atlanta, 2011
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  • A crowd gathers around iScream, Giedrius Gatautis' ice cream truck company, at one of the pools on his route in Marietta, Ga.
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    A crowd gathers around iScream, Giedrius Gatautis' ice cream truck company, at one of the pools on his route in Marietta, Ga.
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  • Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in his office inside of City Hall in downtown Atlanta
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    Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in his office inside of City Hall in downtown Atlanta
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  • A line of extras wait for entry and their chance to be part of a Soulja Boy music video.
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    A line of extras wait for entry and their chance to be part of a Soulja Boy music video.
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  • Mechanic off Memorial Avenue near the corner of Moreland Avenue in Atlanta.
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    Mechanic off Memorial Avenue near the corner of Moreland Avenue in Atlanta.
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  • Brick Squad members Lissa, Bubba, Quam, Kenny B, South Side and French Montana at Auntie's Attic, a new store owned by Waka Flocka Flame's mother and manager, Debra Antney.
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    Brick Squad members Lissa, Bubba, Quam, Kenny B, South Side and French Montana at Auntie's Attic, a new store owned by Waka Flocka Flame's mother and manager, Debra Antney.
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  • Gorman's Paint & Body near I-20 in Atlanta
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    Gorman's Paint & Body near I-20 in Atlanta
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  • Atlanta socialite Sacha Taylor (center) at a cocktail reception for the Michael C. Carlos Museum at the home of Merry Carlos and Chris Carlos in Atlanta.
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    Atlanta socialite Sacha Taylor (center) at a cocktail reception for the Michael C. Carlos Museum at the home of Merry Carlos and Chris Carlos in Atlanta.
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  • Halloween Party in Kirkwood, 2007
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    Halloween Party in Kirkwood, 2007
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  • Untitled Car #1, Little Five Points, Atlanta
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    Untitled Car #1, Little Five Points, Atlanta
    David Walter Banks/LUCEO
  • On the set of Soulja Boy's "Kiss Me Thru the Phone" music video shoot in Atlanta.
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    On the set of Soulja Boy's "Kiss Me Thru the Phone" music video shoot in Atlanta.
    David Walter Banks/LUCEO
  • Former World Heavyweight Champion boxer Evander Holyfield trains at the A.D. Williams Recreation Center on the west side of downtown Atlanta.
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    Former World Heavyweight Champion boxer Evander Holyfield trains at the A.D. Williams Recreation Center on the west side of downtown Atlanta.
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  • Convention attendees meander about at the Bio International Convention inside the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
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    Convention attendees meander about at the Bio International Convention inside the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
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  • An usher awaits guests at a wedding at Sardis United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
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    An usher awaits guests at a wedding at Sardis United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
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  • Reflections of Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta, 2011
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    Reflections of Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta, 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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