When I think of bureaucracy, I think of outdated rigid rules, tons of paperwork, and tight budgets. I have compassion for people who can work as civil servants and remain inspired enough to make it all happen in their respective cities. Every time I go into a government office here in Atlanta, I’m itching to get out from the moment I walk in the door.
Did you know you can tell a lot about a city or country by what their government offices look like? I never really thought about that before today, but after looking at these photographs, it seems so obvious. Photographer Jan Banning completed a fascinating project called Bureaucrats, which is now in the form of a book. He visited the offices of bureaucrats in eight different countries, unannounced (after getting permission) and photographed these civil servants in their work environment. Since they didn’t know he was coming, they didn’t have time to tidy the office or change anything for the photographs.
In his interview with The New Yorker, Jan said, “There is so much to be found in these photographs. If you reflect on them, they will bring you something about that country, but also possibly about bureaucracy in general.” What a fascinating photography series. You can learn more about Jan on his website at Jan Banning.
Via: [Amusing Planet]