The Hidden South is an ongoing project that seeks to shine a light on people and issues that are often hidden from mainstream society, in the hopes of creating a more empathetic and connected world. This is achieved primarily through the sharing of intimate stories and portraits.
The project began in September, 2014 when Brent Walker, founder of the project, started posting stories of people that he met, mostly in impoverished areas, throughout Georgia and surrounding areas. The first book was funded via Kickstarter and was published in early 2016.
The Hidden South continues to evolve. In addition to the ongoing stream of stories, there is a more intense focus on specific subjects. The current focus is primarily on the mind and those who identify as having a mental health condition.