Jan Banning, Red – The Eye of Photography

Red, by Dutch photographer Jan Banning, is a photo project about Communist party premises and their iconography. The series focuses on “democratic” – at least officially non-Communist – countries on several continents (India, Italy, Nepal and Portugal among them), where communism still plays an important role. For Banning – a non-party progressive – Red is a non-propagandistic search for what’s left of the communist ideals, 100 years after the October Revolution. The series shows interiors of party offices and environmental portraits of party officials and activists: people who, unlike their colleagues in communist dictatorships, chose to be member of such a party out of a sense of conviction and free choice against the prevailing neoliberal trend.

Pictures of Crime and Punishment Around the World | PROOF

How humans handle crime, and how we dole out punishment, is the question that gnaws at Jan Banning. Before he was a photographer, he was a student of history—less interested in spectacle and more interested in the slow, structural development of systems. Before delving into the world of criminal justice, he spent years photographing bureaucrats around the world, comparing civil servants on five different continents. After he was finished examining the executive branch, he decided to take on the judiciary, which imposes criminal sentences

Jan Banning Bureaucratics

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