by Jan Banning

Workshop Date: 3 March 2019

Jan Banning will share his thoughts and experience on how a series is conceptualised and produced, starting from the original idea to how he decides on the visual approach and which photographic means to use - from contents to form.

Application Guideline:

• To apply, please fill out this Workshop Application Form

• Send us your work/portfolio. Please note, your portfolio should be between 15-20 images (jpeg, 1200 pixels on the longer side, no compression)

• ZIP your files [portfolio only] and send to via We Transfer within 20 February 2019. Please note, you should rename your folder with your Full Name and Title of the Workshop. For Example: Ashraful Huda_Portraits Psychological and Anthropological.

Jan Banning is a Dutch autonomous artist/photographer, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was born in Almelo (Netherlands) on May 4, 1954, from Dutch East Indies parents, and he studied social and economic history at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. Both of these facts have had a strong influence on his photographic works.

Jan's work always has a social focus. The social political environment is put at the fore and it often concerns subjects that have been neglected within the arts and are difficult to portray: state power, consequences of war, justice and injustice. Sometimes the work is the result of a sociological or anthropological classifying approach, such as ‘Bureaucratics’, a comparative study of the world of government officials. Other times he focuses more on the psychological aspects; on the divergent influence that major social events have on individuals (‘Comfort Women’, ‘Traces of War’, ‘Down and Out in the South’).

His projects usually have a personal point of departure, but are never ‘private’: he places the subjects that stem from his private life in a larger social context. To give an example: the history of Banning’s father and grandfather who were forced to do hard labour during the war is not only limited to something biographical related to those two family members, but instead it is broadened into a research into the long-term influence of abuse and humiliation on European and Asian labour slaves (‘Traces of War’).