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"Jonathan has photographed International Alert's work in three different continents. He always becomes part of the team, needs a minimum amount of support and delivers stunning images which convey a real sense of humanity."
Phil Vernon
Director of Programmes
International Alert
"Whether on a farm in East Africa, a Trawler in the Atlantic or a Royal Palace in London, Jonathan consistently delivers photography that makes us look good to our clients. "
Paul Campbell
Director of Purple Patch Group
"Quality photography is absolutely essential to our brand. It’s who we are, what we do and the impact we have on the world. And that means working with a photographer like Jonathan, who understands what we are trying to achieve with our work."
THOM MCKAY,
Director of Communications
RTKL.COM
"Jonathan has been a pleasure to work with, professional, well organised, creative and always delivering to the brief. Considering the breadth of topics we have asked him to work on around the world, he has also shown himself to be resourceful and flexible. "
Judith Batchelar,
Director of Sainsbury's Brand
"Jonathan has travelled to Intergen's power plants in Mexico, Australia and Europe and produces consistently high quality photography. Intergen's values are all about a high-quality work force for which we consider him part of. "
Mark Somerset,
Vice President
InterGen Europe
"Waiting on a quote from the British Red Cross "
Wendy Solesbury MBE
Youth Development Manager, British Red Cross
"We work with photographers that try to capture the essence of our work and reflect our company values in terms of design. Jonathan produces excellent results every time with creative flair. He is highly professional to work with as well as personable. "
Sean Collins & James Felstead
Directors of CGL Architects.
"Whether on a farm in East Africa, a Trawler in the Atlantic or a Royal Palace in London, Jonathan consistently delivers photography that makes us look good to our clients. "
Paul Campbell
Director of Purple Patch Group
"Jonathan has been a pleasure to work with, professional, well organised, creative and always delivering to the brief. Considering the breadth of topics we have asked him to work on around the world, he has also shown himself to be resourceful and flexible. "
Judith Batchelar,
Director of Sainsbury's Brand
"Waiting on a quote from the British Red Cross "
Wendy Solesbury MBE
Youth Development Manager, British Red Cross
"Jonathan Banks has captured the faces of different people that vividly represent the human side of the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh where each individual remains above all a human being with his or her right to be what they are, wherever they live, with dignity and in peace. "
EU Ambassador in Yerevan
"Jonathan has travelled to Intergen's power plants in Mexico, Australia and Europe and produces consistently high quality photography. Intergen's values are all about a high-quality work force for which we consider him part of. "
Mark Somerset
Vice President, InterGen Europe
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Archive

26

Jan

Russia – Ukraine crisis

  • By Jonathan Banks

Much has changed in Ukraine during 27 years of independence. As a former Soviet republic, it borders both Russia and the EU. Whilst there was once a majority wanting a neutral status, it is now leaning towards European integration and NATO accession.

It is considered a NATO "partner country" meaning there is an understanding that it may be allowed to join the alliance sometime in the future.

Russia wants assurances from Western powers that this will never happen - something the West is not prepared to offer. Members of NATO are weighing up how far they should go to help Ukraine, in the face of a possible Russian invasion. It is Europe’s greatest threat of war in 30 years.

In 2005 I travelled to the Ukraine on assignment to capture the “Children of Chernobyl” for a charity. I photographed at the Chernigov Polyclinic covering the health program monitoring the effects of the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.

The people that I met and photographed were extremely welcoming, wanted to show me their beautiful culture, and proud of who they were as a nation.

“Communication is the key to education, understanding and peace”. James Bryce

18

Jan

Featured in Interior Designer Magazine

  • By Jonathan Banks

My photography is currently featured in the January edition of the Interior Designer Magazine as an article featuring the Long Barn, and as a back cover advert.

Interior Designer Magazine is Britain's longest established magazine for professional interior designers. It is the premier source of inspiration for the interior’s community, working with the very best creatives who are influencing and shaping the industry. The magazine presents project features, articles about the people behind the project, product news, and general ideas.

I photographed the Long Barn in High Hurstwood, showcasing the incredibly beautiful Clime plaster work by Armourcoat. Made from natural minerals with low embodied carbon, Clime plasters contain no cement or volatile organic compounds and are available in a wide range of natural colours.

Clime plasters create healthy interiors, with beautiful finishes in tune with nature and engaging traditional decorative skills. 

11

Jan

Collaborating with CRTKL

  • By Jonathan Banks

A change from one year to the next often makes us look back and reflect. CRTKL architects recently released a film to celebrate their 75th anniversary which charts their evolution as a global firm.

This is my film and story which showcases the projects that I have photographed for CallisonRTKL since 2010. It is a celebration of collaborating with CRTKL on projects ranging from offices to shopping malls, residential buildings, hotels, and airports across three different continents.


These projects have been published in magazines around the world and won numerous prestigious architecture awards, plus photography awards.
I have also photographed the people / creatives at CRTKL.

04

Jan

Happy New Year

  • By Jonathan Banks

In 2021 I posted 68 articles on my website blog and social media feeds. These ranged from awards that I received, to exhibitions and festivals that my work featured in, publications in magazines and books, celebrations of awards that my clients had won or their achievements, work that I was involved with and new photography that I had produced.

I believe it’s important to maintain your passion by challenging yourself to work on “personal projects”, enter competitions and showcase your work in exhibitions.

In 2021 my photography was

Awarded as a finalist in the Lucie Foundation “Portrait Project”, shortlisted in the World Press Photo Awards, as a finalist in the One Eyeland Awards, receiving 3 honourable mentions in the 16th Pollux Awards, as a finalist in the World Report Award for Documentary Photography, qualifying in the HIPA Humanity Awards, shortlisted in the British Photography Awards, 1 honourable mention and 3 nominations in the 14th Color Awards, honoured and nominated in the Black and White Spider Awards and honoured in the Tokyo International Photo Awards.

Exhibited at, the Venice International Art Fair : “Fragmented Identities”, 6th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography in Barcelona, and the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, UAE.

Published in Architects Journal, Space Magazine, Grand Designs Magazine, ARC Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, The Lighting Journal, Interior Contracting & Design and Tech Talkers Magazine.

I was also inducted into the Siena Awards Hall of Fame, and had a photograph published in “The Best of the Best” Photo book by One Eyeland.

I hope that we have the opportunity of working together in 2022.

Happy New Year … and here’s to 2022 being a year for good health, success in whatever you do, increased business, exploring new ideas and places, spending more time with family and friends.

21

Dec

Barcelona Foto Biennale

  • By Jonathan Banks

I was unable to attend the opening of the 6th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, now renamed Barcelona Foto Biennale, on the 9th of December 2020 at the FotoNostrum gallery. I also won’t be able to visit the gallery to see my work, in the one month that the Biennial will be open for, closing on January 8.

I have three photographs included, which received Honourable Mentions for the categories, ‘Culture’, ‘Children’ and ‘Fine Art’, in this year’s Pollux Awards. The thoughtful marketing team from FotoNostrum gallery have sent me photos from the exhibition.

The Barcelona Foto Biennale is showing awarded works from the Pollux Awards and the 15th and 16th Julia Margaret Cameron, amongst other artworks and special invitees.

13

Dec

Barcelona Foto Biennale reception

  • By Jonathan Banks

The 6th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, now renamed Barcelona Foto Biennale, opened on the 9th of December 2020 at the FotoNostrum gallery. Here are some highlights taken from the live video stream at the opening reception.

This international event is showing awarded works from the Pollux Awards and the 15th and 16th Julia Margaret Cameron, amongst other artworks and special invitees. I have three photographs included, which received Honourable Mentions for the categories, ‘Culture’, ‘Children’ and ‘Fine Art’, in this year’s Pollux Awards.

The Biennial will remain open for one month and will close on January 8.

08

Dec

Thames Quarter, Reading

  • By Jonathan Banks

I was commissioned by the architects CallisonRTKL to photograph the new Thames Quarter residential building in late August. The brief was to capture the building with blue skies during the day and dramatic skies in the early evening. There was a concern that we had missed the summer and a dilemma as to whether we should wait till the spring of 2022.

Autumn can be one of the best times of the year for interesting skylines. I worked with the architect for vantage points and monitored the weather to achieve the set of photos required.

The Thames Quarter Building has 315 apartments spread across the building’s 12-storey and 23-storey sections, which provide a variety of amenity spaces. The residents have access to a gym / wellness studio, an in-house cinema, communal lounge areas, dining rooms, landscape upper-level terraces and a tech hub workspace area. CRTKL delivered the concept design and planning submission for a build-to-rent development in close proximity to Reading railway station.

01

Dec

On the First day of Christmas …

  • By Jonathan Banks

The Christmas countdown has begun … although it actually started in July when Yamaha Music London commissioned me to photograph a series of photos for the festive period.

I took over Yamaha Music’s Flagship store in London for a day and a half shoot, photographing a variety of instruments and music technology with Christmas trees, decorations, and candles. I now know how difficult it is to get hold of a poinsettia and mince pies in the middle of the year!

I worked with a set of portable studio lights, photography assistants, an art director, and the Yamaha team that helped source music stands and moved pianos whenever possible. There were a number of challenges throughout the day, but we were inspired by the space and the music in the store.  

Whether it's for the one who plays, the one who listens or the one who's looking forward to a career in music, Yamaha Music London has the “Come together” Christmas spirit in all its instruments and music technology.

30

Nov

Featured in Architects Journal

  • By Jonathan Banks

The latest issue of Architects Journal, November 2021, features my photography.

I recently photographed the Long Barn in East Sussex. The barn conversion retains the full height of the building for the living room, dining, and kitchen area. The project has many stand out features but the one that connects every space is the use of Clime Natural Clay Lime Plaster. Armourcoat® Clime® natural clay lime plaster is beautiful, sustainable, and hard wearing.

Armourcoat is a market leading manufacturer and specialist contractor of decorative surface finishes. Developed over 35 years, the company works globally in 80 countries.

The Long Barn, Hurstwood Road, High Hurstwood. TN22 4BL - 15 October 2021
The Long Barn, Hurstwood Road, High Hurstwood. TN22 4BL - 15 October 2021

25

Nov

The sound of silence

  • By Jonathan Banks

My photography is featured in this month’s Grand Designs Magazine for an article about designing spaces with better acoustics.

Grand Designs magazine is the official publication of the television show hosted by Kevin McCloud and broadcast on Channel 4 and All 4.

From restaurants, theatres, offices, classrooms, hotel receptions and private residences, the use of hard sound reflective surfaces such as glass, wood and stone can cause excessive sound reverberation.
The Armourcoat Acoustic® Plaster System offers a clean flat and smooth mineral surface that can be applied seamlessly over large expanses to both flat and curved surfaces. It offers excellent sound absorption - to class 'A' Noise Reduction Coefficient.  The system consists of a special mineral wool composite panel that is bonded onto the substrate and finished with a seamless layer of acoustic plaster. The marble-based plaster finish appears smooth and even, but still allows sound energy to pass through the surface. This enables sound to be absorbed and attenuated in the layer of mineral wool beneath.
The mineral wool panels incorporate 70% recycled content, with the basecoat made from expanded glass with 85% recycled content, and the topcoat plaster made from 80% recycled marble. The system contains no VOCs and is resistant to bacteria, mould and mildew.

24

Nov

The 6th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography Exhibition

  • By Jonathan Banks

The 6th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography Opening will be on December 9, 2021.

I will be showing three photographs as part of the exhibition. The location is central, next to Plaza Espanya (Spain Square), and close to the Fira Barcelona, 15 minutes away from the airport.

After 5 successful editions (Madrid 2010, Buenos Aires 2012, Malaga 2014, Berlin 2016, and Barcelona 2018), the 6th Biennial will be hosted in the FotoNostrum gallery in Barcelona from December 9, 2021. In the last two editions, the respective special invitees were Steve McCurry and Julia Fullerton-Baten.
This 6th edition will be a consolidation of almost 12 years of constant work for photography appraisal.
This international event will show awarded works from the 15th and 16th Julia Margaret Cameron and Pollux Awards, amongst other artworks and special invitees.

The Biennial will remain open for one month and will close on January 8.

10

Nov

16TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS

  • By Jonathan Banks

I was a winner at the 16th Annual Black and White Spider Awards announced at a prestigious Nomination and Winners Photoshow, streamed, Saturday 6th November 2021. The annual event was attended by industry leaders and the photography community from around the globe honouring the best in Black and White Photography.

6,211 entries were received from 75 countries, and I was awarded in three categories, with an honourable mention in Architecture, and nominations in the Children of the World and Nature categories.

A Focal Point for a stair was photographed for Tetris Design who refurbished Arnold House in London with a feature light that is designed to be both sculptural and practical, filling the seven-floor central void of the staircase.

The Human Connection was photographed for Farm Africa in Kenya when I was assigned to cover their work in the Nou Forest region of Tanzania.

Where the sky meets the sea was photographed for Microsoft when working in the Orkney Islands to cover Project Natick, a research project to determine the feasibility of underwater datacentres.

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honouring excellence in black and white photography. www.thespiderawards.com

04

Oct

“Best of The Best Photographers” Photography book Vol. 10

  • By Jonathan Banks

It is always great to see my work in print … even more so when it is in a book of this calibre. Volume 10 of One Eyeland’s “The Best of The Best” annual book showcases the work of “89 of the world’s foremost photographers”.

I was commissioned to document DelAgua’s work in Rwanda of continued research and development in improving public health, with a focus on water quality. Rwanda is one of the world’s poorest countries, but its economy is growing. The government is committed to fairness, raising the prosperity of all levels of society. The photograph was a winning picture in the “People – children” category of the One Eyeland’s Awards.

One Eyeland is the biggest photo sharing site that allows users to submit their photos into a curated gallery. Only the best images make it into the gallery. Not all images on One Eyeland will make it to the book. The jury sifts through thousands of images and selects the top 2%.

11

Sep

9/11 – 20 years on.

  • By Jonathan Banks

Twenty years ago, I was in Yosemite National Park due to be in New York three days’ after. All flights were grounded.

I waited at San Francisco airport and managed to board a flight. I arrived in New York with a change of purpose, assigned to document the aftermath of 9/11.

I went with the intention of photographing the destruction of the twin towers and ground zero, but this quickly changed to documenting the emotionally charged atmosphere within the people of New York. Everyday for a week I walked the streets around ground zero, speaking and photographing people in mourning, protestors, and emergency workers. There was an undeniable spirit of unity in a city that you are normally “on your own”.

I did photograph the wreckage of the twin towers, along with the surrounding buildings which had either been destroyed, damaged, or filled with dust. I also captured people at numerous vigils and protests. Emotions were strong and I witnessed love, compassion, anger, hate, and opportunity on every corner. There was 9/11 memorabilia being sold with T shirts and photos of the planes flying into the sides of the towers. I spoke and photographed one Afghan restaurant owner who had already experienced vandalism and abuse to an extent that he was closing his business down.

Where has the last twenty years gone and what has been achieved? Today we remember those who lost their lives on 9/11 2001, vowing “never forget”. We need to all recognise that the only way forward is to live with the same spirit of humanity, that was experienced in the aftermath.

07

Sep

International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

  • By Jonathan Banks

This years theme for the United Nations International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is “Healthy Air, Healthy Planet”, to help raise global awareness of air pollution and its devastating impact on health. The UN is very clear about the scale of the problem: Air pollution is the largest environmental risk to global public health, and it particularly impacts children, women and the elderly, with increased links to diseases such as dementia, diabetes, COVID-19, cardio-vascular and neurological diseases. Developed countries have greatly improved their air quality in recent years but many developing countries are, still reliant on wood and other solid fuels for cooking and heating. The result is that many vulnerable and marginalized people also suffer from the worst air quality.

I worked with the organisation DelAgua in Rwanda, photographing their cook stove project. I travelled throughout Rwanda with the DelAgua team photographing the distribution days, community health worker visits and how the program is improving the lives of those involved. Over 3 billion people still cook over polluting fires, a major contributor to carbon emissions, deforestation and climate change. Cooking over open fires or inefficient stoves emits one-quarter of global black carbon emissions—the second largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. Household air pollution is the leading environmental cause of premature death and disability, ahead of unsafe water and lack of sanitation, causing more deaths than Malaria, HIV and TB combined. Clean cookstoves are vital to tackle both global challenges and they also provide a plethora of other benefits that impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The UN calculates the cost of inaction at $ 2.4 trillion and describes the provision of clean cooking solutions as nothing less than a human rights issue.

The DelAgua cook stove is designed to work for the reality of the lives of the families who use them. It uses wood, but just small pieces of twig and tinder, which rural families can gather without encroaching on forestry. Crucially the design of the stove increases thermal efficiency resulting in quicker cooking speeds and much lower fuel requirements. The stove requires at least 50% less wood than a traditional fire. The stove is durable and saves the equivalent of 14 tons of CO2 emissions over its seven- year life. 

Education and ongoing support is central to the work. Every family is visited by a Community Health Worker who explains the dangers of cooking on a traditional fire and household air pollution and the health advantages of cooking on the stove and they also make sure the family know how to use it. Behaviour change is immediate and lasting. 99% of stoves are still in daily use after 2 years.

02

Aug

The Venice International Art Fair 2021: Fragmented Identities

  • By Jonathan Banks

The Venice International Art Fair 2021: Fragmented Identities came to an end last week. I had three photographs being exhibited in the THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space | Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello in Venice between July 12 - August 01, 2021.

The Venice International Art Fair is a contemporary art exhibition that presents collective and solo projects by leading and emerging international artists. I was invited to show the work from my series of “Portraits of Survivors of Torture” produced in collaboration with TASSC International. The portraits feature survivors of Torture from around the world who fled their home countries seeking safety, recovery, and political asylum.

With the participation of more than 95 artists from more than 25 different countries, the art fair welcomed a healthy number of people back to the gallery. I was unable to attend the Art Fair due to the current travel restrictions, but the good people at ITSLIQUID sent me some pictures of my work at the fair as well as some general photos.

15

Jul

SIENA Awards Hall of Fame

  • By Jonathan Banks

It is with great pride that I can announce that I have been inducted into the SIENA Awards Hall of Fame. The Siena Awards were born from the experience of the Siena International Photo Awards, an international event that, in a few years, has managed to become known as one of the most important photo competitions in the world.

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When Luca Venturi (creator and artistic director) first imagined the SIENA Awards, he set his target on making Siena the heart of the photography world that would bring photographers together from around the world.

“We are happy to have created a large family, a community with photography at its centre, as a form of international language that connects people of every culture and social background. A dream come true, supported by partners and institutions that together with us continue to invest in the power of imagination and the power that images have to be able to tell stories full of meaning " – Luca Venturi

The Hall of Fame was created to recognise the value of those who have believed in the importance of the project since the first edition of the Siena International Photo Awards.

It is an honour to have my name amongst such esteemed photographers and a pleasure to be part of the wider SIENA Awards family.

14

Jul

World Report Award 2021 | Documenting Humanity

  • By Jonathan Banks

I am honoured to be a FINALIST in the eleventh edition of the World Report Award 2021 | Documenting Humanity in the SINGLE SHOT category. My entry of “A Boy from the Crowd” photographed in Liberia for International Alert was shortlisted from over 13,000 photographs taken by  photographers around the world. An international jury composed of Lauren Steel, Svetlana Bachevanova, Gary Knight, Alberto Prina and Aldo Mendichi selected the work which will be exhibited during the annual edition of the Festival of Ethical Photography in Lodi, Italy.

The World.Report Award aims at a new form of social commitment through photography. The award gives attention to work focusing on people and their social or cultural stories; public or private, minor or crucial, major human tragedies or smaller daily life stories, changes and immutability.

Every year the contest creates a fresco that tells the stories of our planet, its great changes and its intimate and personal relationships connecting human beings.

The World Report Award|Documenting Humanity isn’t simply a contest that through its prizes economically supports those who are actively engaged in this difficult sector of photography, but it also represents a way for all participants to enter into a supportive community that they have built over the past 10 years and composed of professionals who are already collaborating with the organization.

The winners in every category will be announced on August 30th.

12

Jul

The Venice International Art Fair 2021: Fragmented Identities

  • By Jonathan Banks

I am proud to announce that I am part of the Venice International Art Fair: “Fragmented Identities, exhibiting at The Room Contemporary Art Space in Venice, from July 12 to August 01, 2021. Venice International Art Fair is a contemporary art exhibition that presents collective and solo projects by leading and emerging international artists. The 13th edition will represent a forum for direct exchange of ideas and contacts between collectors, artists, photographers, designers, and art professionals. The art fair features paintings, sculptures, photography art, installations, video art and live performance.

Borders Art Fair is divided into three appointments (Bodies + Cities Skin, Fragmented Identities and Future Landscapes). I was invited to exhibit three works as part of the Fragmented Identities collection.

Fragmented Identities analyses human beings as living mosaics composed of many different pieces, that form who we are. The challenge is to recognise that there is not just one perspective of knowing someone. In understanding our fragmented identities, we will be able to break down all the barriers and boundaries that divide us.

I am exhibiting three photographs from my series of “Portraits of Survivors of Torture” produced in collaboration with TASSC International. The portraits feature survivors of Torture from around the world who fled their home countries seeking safety, recovery, and political asylum. Most were tortured by repressive governments for “reasons” as varied as joining opposition political organisations, criticising their governments publicly, refusing to join the ruling party, being related to a political dissident or because of their religion or sexual orientation. These men and women were persecuted for standing up for freedom of speech or assembly or for exposing government corruption, fighting against gender-based violence or forced early marriage for girls.

Survivors are the strongest and most effective voice in the campaign to abolish torture.

Not all survivors want to be recognised for fear of repercussions to their friends and family. Each survivor selected a photograph that was significant to them. The photograph was then projected over the individual, sometimes obscuring their identity as per their request.

The portraits invite viewers to see the survivors in the fullest measure of their humanity— to look beyond whatever pre-conceived notions they might have about refugees and asylum seekers and see them as individuals with very human connections to place and home.

Venice International Art Fair, organized by ITSLIQUID Group in collaboration with Venice Events and ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association.