Jan Banning is a photographer who captures real-life images that let people in on sights that they would normally never see. One of her projects is called Bureaucratics, in which she takes a look at different bureaucracies all over the world. Places such as Liberia, China, France and the USA are explored. The differences between some of the places is often shocking and even disturbing. One person may be shown in a glorious office while another is shown in rooms with dirt floors.
Jan Banning has created a book and an exhibition that showcase her project. She states that it is a “product of an anarchist’s heart, a historian’s mind and an artist’s eye.” Jan Banning also says that although “there is a high degree of humor and absurdity in these photos, they also show compassion with the inhabitants of the state’s paper labyrinth.”