Desk Jobs around the World
A Dutch journalist attempted to capture the essence of civil servants through portraits of local government office workers worldwide.
This story is part of Governing's annual International issue.
Dutch photographer Jan Banning has traveled the world documenting the consequences of war, the homeless and impoverished, and victims of human trafficking. Asked to photograph a story on the administration of international development aid, something he thought to be “un-photographable,” Banning and a journalist set out to visit hundreds of local government offices worldwide. Between 2003 and 2007, they met civil servants in eight countries on five continents. “Though there is a high degree of humour and absurdity in these photos,” Banning says, “they also show compassion with the inhabitants of the state’s paper labyrinth.”
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
LATEST MANAGEMENT & LABOR HEADLINES
Minimum Wage Ruling a Small Win for Missouri Cities Seeking to Raise It3 hours ago
Rhode Island Governor Wants to 'Rebuild and Reinvent' Manufacturing1 hour ago
Airbnb's Tax Deal With Kansas May Be Model for Midwest22 hours ago
Pence's Indiana Replacement Creates Drug Czar Position4 days ago
More Than a Haircut: Barbershops Are Hubs for Social Change5 days ago
After 40 Years, U.S. Court Ends Supervision of D.C.'s Developmentally Disabled Care5 days ago