Photographer Jan Banning traveled to 8 very different countries and dropped in unannounced at various bureaucratic offices. He captured the setting and now we can see his work.
“Bureaucratics 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.
In each country, I visited up to hundreds of offices of members of the executive in different services and at different levels.
The visits were unannounced and the accompanying writer, Will Tinnemans, by interviewing kept the employees from tidying up or clearing the office.
That way, the photos show what a local citizen would be confronted with when entering.” – Jan Banning