research seminar; history of photography

Bureaucratics and Other Unorderly Subjects

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

17.30, Research Forum South Room

woman at desk with paperwork, with tall cupboards behind piled high with bundles of papers
India Bureau 2017 Prasad
, Jan Banning © courtesy of the artist

Speaker(s): Jan Banning (photographer)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Julian Stallabrass ( and Pei-Kuei Tsai (

Rooted in both art and journalism, Jan Banning’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries and published widely in books, magazines and newspapers. The central theme in his work is state power (and its abuse). Banning has produced series on the long-term consequences of war and the world of government bureaucracy. Recently, he finished a portrait series of World War II ‘comfort women’ in Indonesia. His work in progress includes series of portraits of the homeless (who, not what) and people related to ‘crime and punishment’.

Banning studied social and economic history at the University of Nijmegen and has been working as a photographer since 1981.

The History of Photography research seminar series aims to be a discursive platform for the discussion and dissemination of current research on photography. From art as photography and early photographic technology to ethnographic photographs and contemporary photography as art, the seminar welcomes contributions from researchers across the board, whether independent or affiliated with museums, galleries, archives, libraries or higher education, and endeavours to provide scholars with a challenging opportunity to present work in progress and test out new ideas.

The seminars usually take place once a term, on Wednesday evenings at 5.30pm in the Research Forum. The papers, and formal discussion, are followed by informal discussion and refreshments.

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