Photographs of Bureaucracy

Über Jan Bannings – Anarchist, Soziologe und Fotograf – brillante Fotoserie Bureaucratics habe ich schonmal vor vier Jahren gebloggt, die geht aber grade mal wieder rum und ich finde die immer noch superfantastisch, also was solls. Banning hat von 2003 bis 2008 Bürokraten auf der ganzen Welt abgelichtet, dazu ist er einfach unangemeldet auf’s Amt gelatscht und hat geknippst. Heraus kam eine soziologische Studie von einem Anarchisten über den Typus Bürokrat. Ganz, ganz groß!

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.

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.

Bureaucratics (via Laughing Squid)