Don’t give up the desk job | Art and design | The Guardian

Officialdom is a pet project of the Dutch photographer Jan Banning, who has taken shots of bureaucrats in eight different countries, turning up unannounced so that there’s no time for tidying or face-saving. His photos are taken as if from the perspective of a visiting citizen. Behind the desks are symbols of state power: flags, maps, calendars, presidential portraits. The desks themselves serve as barriers. “Thou shalt not pass” is the subtext. Whatever it is you want from these people, you’re not going to get it.

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