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Bureaucratics ,by Jan Banning

  • Bureaucratics ,by Jan Banning


Jan Banning

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Foreword by Martin Parr; Signed by Jan Banning with dedication.
What is it that the working environment of civil servants tells us about the personalities of these servants and the country for which they work? This question brought photographer Jan Banning and publicist Will Tinnemans to travel to Bolivia, China, France, India, Jemen, Liberia, Russia and the United States in between 2003 and 2007, in order to portray civil servants while sitting behind their desks. Kunsthal Rotterdam presents the photographs taken by Banning during this tour. The portraits provide a clear image of bureaucracy in various forms of government. This is the second time that the Kunsthal shows photography by Jan Banning after the successful exhibition ‘Bericht uit Dickson, Malawi' in 2006.Worldwide State PowerPiles of files and meters of archives are stereotypical of bureaucracy. Every citizen, no matter where in the world, has to deal with this executive power full of laws and regulations. Everybody stands at the desk of a civil servant in order to obtain a passport, license or registration, without really seeing the immigration - or tax officer in charge. It is via this project in words and pictures called ‘Bureaucratica' that Tinnemans and Banning give an identity to civil servants worldwide and point out both the differences and the similarities between the rural clerk in Bihar, India, the sheriff in Texas, USA, and the governor in Shandong, China. From the point of view of the visitor and with a clear sense of symmetry Banning portrays all the civil servants in a more or less similar way. The desk, whether it is a simple table or a shiny piece of office furniture, is what separates the individual from the regulations.Jan Banning Jan Banning (1954) is a conceptual documentary photographer. He has published several books, amongst which ‘Traces of war. Survivors of the Birma - and Pakanbaroerailway' and ‘Inside it is dark, outside it is light' (text by Dick Wittenberg), awarded with the VPRO Bob den Uylprijs 2008 and the Dick Scherpenzeel Fotoprijs. Banning has won several awards, amongst which a World Press Photo Award (2004), and ten awards and nominations at the Zilveren Camera.
Titel Bureaucratics
Author Jan Banning
Signed Yes
ISBN 9781590052327
Language English
Dimensions (cm hxb) 33 x 21
Book condition As new
Cover condition No
Condition description Mint copy; Signed by Jan Banning with dedication.
Binding Hardcover without dustjacket (as issued)
Edition First edition
Pages 76
Publisher Nazraeli Press
Publishing date 2008
Publishing place Portland Oregon
Number published 1500
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