The Sweating Subject (One Picture Book) by Jan Banning. First edition (2018). First impression small hardback (one of 500) in new condition. #437 of this Nazraeli Press One Picture Book. Contains a signed by Jan Banning tipped-in print. No markings. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
“The Sweating Subject is a series of group portraits of tribal chiefs and their court, which includes myself. All are members of the Gonda or Dagomba tribe in the Northern Territories of Ghana — except for me: I am from the Netherlands. I came to Ghana on an assignment to photograph the mixing of tradition and modernity and was invited by the chiefs to have my photo taken with them.
Much has already been said about the power of the photographer who travels the world and records ‘the other’. But although the camera position, lighting and other aesthetic and technical details for these photographs were determined by me. However; I am just as much an object as all the other people portrayed. They are ‘selfies’ without self-determination. And in the end it was my driver or one of my interpreters who decided when to when the picture was taken. And although formally the photographer, I was as expectant and powerless as everyone else at the decisive moment.
The Sweating Subject is limited to 500 numbered copies. Each copy including a 5×7 inch original print that has been signed by the artist.
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