Apr 26, 2011

Government offices around the world


By on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Jan Banning was able to capture government officials in the wild, taking pictures in 8 vastly different countries. All of these people may have desks to sit at, but the offices range from plush to just a table outside.

“Bureaucratics is a project consisting of a book and exhibition containing 50 photographs, the product of an anarchist’s heart, a historian’s mind and an artist’s eye. It is a comparative photographic study of the culture, rituals and symbols of state civil administrations and its servants in eight countries on five continents, selected on the basis of polical, historical and cultural considerations: Bolivia, China, France, India, Liberia, Russia, the United States, and Yemen.” – Jan Banning





































































13 comments:

  1. LOL only americans have guns and animal parts sticked to the walls of their offices, an a shit load of them too.
    Wow, you sure are the most f**ked up bunch, wonder how many of you noticed that? DD

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  2. WOW did you notice only us offices have guns and animal parts sticked to their walls LOL

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  3. Despite the incredible diversity of desks and wall ornaments and headgear and office equipment, what I love is the similarity in pose. Let's call it "the proud official at their desk" pose. Awesome photography.

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  4. Typeroom in India blows my mind :D And Russian offices, well hello 1980! :D

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  5. yeah, but that's just texas :)

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  6. A really wonderful collection of photos! Good use of light, wonderfully evocative scenes, but above a wonderful job of getting a variety of people to look into the camera and be themselves.

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  7. American ones are the best paid but on the other hand they look terribly fat. You can't have all the advantages.

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  8. brilliant set of photography, I would love to see more photos like these, in more countries, more states, more regions.

    excellent work Jan Banning ;)

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  9. so amazing. its true tho, most americans dont have guns OR animal parts on their walls.

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  10. When they get paid shit they are ready to take cash for services rendered...

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  11. If I am not mistaken, some of these photographs have been featured in GEO magazine. This is a much larger compilation, no doubt. GEO seems to have done a concise version of it because I distinctly remember the photo of the man in the Liberian Traffic Police Station, with that blackboard in the background.
    A great photo study!

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  12. He's picked up Bihar, possibly the poorest state in India. He could have chosen Gujarat or Maharashtra. Trust me, some Govt. offices I have seen in Mumbai are better than ones in US!

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  13. Amazing. Beautiful pics! And yes (to the anonymous above), Indian Govt. offices are a lot more different, but then, it depends on the location. Some are worse; some better!

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