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A photographer takes on bureaucrats
Photographer Jan Banning set out to capture people who work in the bureaucracy of the executive branch of government. Sounds like the kind of thing most of us want to avoid as much as possible. His approach shows a lot of insight and compassion for his subjects, and that’s what makes it interesting.
“I wanted to get as many squares and rectangles in the picture, and in the middle of the straight lines is an individual who has to interpret these regulations … and adds his own character to the room he is working in. … I thought it was an interesting metaphor to have a round person in the surroundings of straight lines. … So I have always considered this to be a conceptual documentary project. Documentary because I’m documenting the world around me, but it is based on a visual concept, so I’m not just going to any office and photographing just anyone.”