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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

17

Jun

LinkedIn Headquarters

  • By Jonathan Banks

​When LinkedIn decided to move their London headquarters from Oxford Circus to Farringdon, they worked with architects Gensler to convert the former offices of the Guardian into a space that is focussed on the use and enjoyment of their staff.

I was commissioned to photograph and capture the design of the space, to show the auditorium, open plan desking, meeting rooms, phone booth pods, executive offices and break out area.

The seven-storey building, “The Ray Farringdon” is a former RIBA Stirling Prize winner (2015) which was originally designed by AHMM Partners.

The building benefits from reflective windows that allow sunlight to fill the interior space with natural light. The natural light was a key factor of the office colour scheme set out by both LinkedIn and McLaren.

Exposed services, acoustic baffles, and slatted timber ceilings feature throughout. The state-of-the-art, practical partitioning by Optima Systems has a high acoustic rating and illuminates natural light across the entire floor.

Gensler, along with Project Managers, Gardiner+Theobald and fit out company, QOB, have created a vibrant and engaging work environment perfectly adapted to futureproof the safety and wellbeing of their staff while boasting an interior scheme and tech capabilities worthy of a global giant at the heart of 'Tech City.'

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27

May

Microsoft AI NHS build

  • By Jonathan Banks

For my latest Microsoft assignment, I travelled to Northumbria to photograph Justin Green and Mike Reed, two NHS orthopedic surgeons who are using Azure AI to spot patients facing increased risks during surgery.

More than 6 million people in England are waiting for treatment by the National Health Service. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this situation worse, with staff shortages and the suspension of non-urgent operations resulting in another 2.3 million people being added to waiting lists since May 2020.

Justin and Mike are exploring how AI could help reduce waiting times, support recommendations from healthcare teams and provide patients with better information so they can make more informed decisions about their own care. The AI model is hosted in Microsoft’s Azure cloud and uses the Responsible AI dashboard in Azure Machine Learning, so that medical professionals are given a clearer understanding of why the AI has reached its conclusions.

Patients might not notice the changes when they visit a hospital or their GP, but they could soon be benefitting from a more personalized and informative care experience.

To read the full article check out

https://news.microsoft.com/en-gb/features/two-nhs-surgeons-are-using-azure-ai-to-spot-patients-facing-increased-risks-during-surgery/

23

May

Hagir Elsheikh – “As a torture survivor, the first thing that you lose is your voice, and getting that back requires a lot of courage.

  • By Jonathan Banks

“Portraits of Resilience” is a collaboration with the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) and is a series of portraits that are currently being exhibited at the Phillips Collection @TheARC in Washington DC. On the 27th of April the Phillips Collection organised a panel discussion about the photographs including myself as the artist and Hagir Elsheikh, who is on the TASSC International board and is a survivor of torture from Sudan.

Hagir Elsheikh – “As a torture survivor, the first thing that you lose is your voice, and getting that back requires a lot of courage. You are never really the same but you get to cope with help from organisations such as TASSC”.

Of course, if you would like to watch the whole film it is now available on YouTube at

P.S. – Please forgive my delivery … I am a photographer not an orator!

20

May

These photos say, “here I am, I am not silent, I have overcome, I am a survivor”

  • By Jonathan Banks

“Portraits of Resilience” is a collaboration with the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) and is a series of portraits that are currently being exhibited at the Phillips Collection @TheARC in Washington DC. On the 27th of April the Phillips Collection organised a panel discussion about the photographs including myself as the artist and Alysha Tagert, the acting director of TASSC International.

Alysha Tagert – Dennis Saleebey said “All humans, somewhere within, have the urge to be heroic; to transcend circumstances, to develop one’s powers, to overcome adversity, to stand up and be counted.” Where torture has sort to destroy, take away dignity and humanity and to keep these amazing survivors hidden. These photos say, “here I am, I am not silent, I have overcome, I am a survivor”.

Of course, if you would like to watch the whole film it is now available on YouTube at

P.S. – Please forgive my delivery … I am a photographer not an orator!

19

May

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

  • By Jonathan Banks

On Wednesday 27th of April my solo exhibition of “Portraits of Resilience “, in collaboration with TASSC International, at the Phillips Collection @TheARC in Washington DC launched with a reception and panel discussion artist talk. Over the course of the next week, I will share some of the highlights from the talk starting with

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

When I talk to people about the work, their initial reaction is usually the same, as they imagine gritty black and white portraits that show harrowing faces that are worn and downtrodden.

I wanted to capture a series of beautiful and powerful portraits that each person would be proud of.

Of course, if you would like to watch the whole film it is now available on YouTube at

P.S. – Please forgive my delivery … I am a photographer not an orator!

18

May

“Portraits of Resilience “ artist talk.

  • By Jonathan Banks

On Wednesday 27th of April my solo exhibition of “Portraits of Resilience “, in collaboration with TASSC International, at the Phillips Collection @TheARC in Washington DC launched with a reception and panel discussion artist talk. Over the course of the next week, I will share some of the highlights from the talk starting with

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

When I talk to people about the work, their initial reaction is usually the same, as they imagine gritty black and white portraits that show harrowing faces that are worn and downtrodden.

I wanted to capture a series of beautiful and powerful portraits that each person would be proud of.

Of course, if you would like to watch the whole film it is now available on YouTube at

P.S. – Please forgive my delivery … I am a photographer not an orator!

17

May

30 years of Nando’s in the UK

  • By Jonathan Banks

At the beginning of April 2022 Nando’s celebrated thirty years since opening its first restaurant in the United Kingdom, in Ealing.

Nando’s has evolved into a 458-restaurant cultural phenomenon, where everyone from musicians to young families, royalty to politicians and everyone in-between likes a “cheeky” Nando’s!

Nando’s has weathered the ever-changing restaurant landscape and soldiered on through the pandemic with plans to open 12 new restaurants in 2022. Part of the brands resilience has been their restaurants individuality whilst still being recognised as a Nando’s.

The new restaurant in Glasgow designed by Fusion dna is a masterclass in the Nando’s brand. Located in the St Enoch’s shopping centre, the restaurant is a complete departure from its surroundings with a canopy of plants, sculpted concrete walls, African fabrics, and wooden ceiling feature. The space has been designed with a variety of seating options from circular booths to single tables that can be arranged as required. The lighting is a mix of decorative pendants, atmospheric feature lights and functional spots. Splashes of colour come from the original art, authentic tiles, and furniture.

A happy belated birthday … still looking and tasting great!

15

May

Influx Gallery Featured Artist

  • By Jonathan Banks

It is great to announce my affiliation with Influx Gallery as a featured artist.

I was honoured to be asked by the amazing team at Influx, of Jack Savage, Dylan Storey, Mohamed Mokcheh, and Dominic Abbey.

Influx is an award-winning international art gallery based in Notting Hill, London. The team has assembled a “family” of experienced artists, curators, and gallerists. Their objective is to support artists by organising international online and physical art exhibitions and contests.

It is great to be part of the family and I look forward to collaborating with team on future projects.

https://www.influx-gallery.com/jonathan-banks

15

May

Featured on the Designerati website

  • By Jonathan Banks

My photography currently features on the Designerati website, the digital home and website for “Designer Magazine”.

The article is part of a new series featuring designers and architects speaking about future-proof design. The photographs are from a recent assignment for Tetris DB of the new Wise offices in the Tea Building in Shoreditch, London. Great interior design understands the end user’s requirements, respects the interior space, and produces an environment which is reflective of the brand. The offices have been designed as a flexible working environment with collaborative spaces that utilise a multitude of different options of furniture to enhance creativity.

The article looks at how furniture should not be an afterthought and that we should recognise its vital role as a key driver of a holistic sustainability approach that can extend and enhance the lifecycle of workplaces.

29

Apr

“Portraits of Resilience” book

  • By Jonathan Banks

The Phillips Collection (Phillips@THEARC) presents Portraits of Resilience, featuring photographs by Jonathan Banks that share the stories of survivors of torture. Alongside the exhibition The Phillips Collection produced a book with the portraits and stories.

The exhibition is held in collaboration with the artist, the survivors, and Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC). The exhibition is on view from April 27 to July 29, 2022.

27

Apr

“Portraits of Resilience” – before the event

  • By Jonathan Banks

Yesterday evening was the reception and artist talk for “Portraits of Resilience”, an exhibition organised by The Phillips Collection, @THEARC in Washington DC f featuring photographs of torture survivors by myself in collaboration with Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC International) which now runs until July 29 2022.

​Thanks to Nehemiah Dixon and the team at the Phillips Collection for the amazing reception and artist talk that they organised. A recording of the event will be available on YouTube shortly and I will update you with links to this as soon as possible. 

Thanks to Ryan Welch and Nando’s for generously supplying an incredible spread of food for the event. Everyone truly appreciated the contribution and loved the food. It is great to be able to bring together a socially responsible company like Nando’s and a charity such as TASSC International - especially when it involves ‘breaking bread’ over great food!

Thanks to TASSC International for all your amazing work and support that you give to survivors. Everyone on the team is so valuable and has been invaluable to our collaboration. 

Thanks to the survivors that attended in person and online. You are the purpose for these photographs, and I only hope that my portraits do your stories justice. 

26

Apr

“Portraits of Resilience” Panel Discussion

  • By Jonathan Banks

Register and join us for a discussion on APRIL 27, 2022, 6:30-7:30 PM with panellists including Jonathan Banks, Alysha Tagert, Interim Director of TASSC, and survivors that work with TASSC.

“Portraits of Resilience”, featuring photographs of torture survivors by Jonathan Banks in collaboration with Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC International) is an exhibition organized by The Phillips Collection , @THEARC in Washington DC APRIL 27-JULY 29, 2022.

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IMAGE: Jonathan Banks, Hagir Elsheikh, Sudan, 2019, Photograph, 31 ¾ x 44 in.

25

Apr

“Portraits of Resilience” by Jonathan Banks

  • By Jonathan Banks

The Phillips Collection (Phillips@THEARC) presents Portraits of Resilience, featuring photographs by Jonathan Banks that share the stories of survivors of torture

The exhibition is held in collaboration with the artist, the survivors, and Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC). The exhibition is on view from April 27 to July 29, 2022.

https://lnkd.in/dSNkR5mz

19

Apr

Honourable mention in the Whalebone Magazine competition

  • By Jonathan Banks

I received an honourable mention in the 2022 Annual Photo Contest from Whalebone Magazine. This is the third year of the competition with categories including “Water”, “Human”, “Joy”, “Travel”, and film.

My photograph of a Red Cross volunteer silhouetted behind a Red Cross Flag, will be featured in the “Photo” edition of the magazine.

The Whalebone magazine photo contest presented by B&H Photo is a way to celebrate photography around the world.

DelAgua Rwanda project, October 2014

15

Apr

“Portraits of Resilience” Panel Discussion

  • By Jonathan Banks

“Portraits of Resilience”, featuring photographs of torture survivors by Jonathan Banks in collaboration with Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC International) is an exhibition organized by The Phillips Collection, @THEARC in Washington DC APRIL 27-JULY 29, 2022.

Join us for a discussion on APRIL 27, 2022, 6:30-7:30 PM with panellists including Jonathan Banks, Alysha Tagert, Interim Director of TASSC, and survivors that work with TASSC.

https://www.phillipscollection.org/event/2022-04-27-panel-discussion

IMAGE: Jonathan Banks, Hagir Elsheikh, Sudan, 2019, Photograph, 31 ¾ x 44 in.

11

Apr

Winner at the International Color Awards

  • By Jonathan Banks

I was a Winner at the 15th Annual “International Color Awards” with three Honourable mentions and four nominations in various categories. The awards took place on Saturday 27th March 2021 in the annual online Photoshow.

The live online gala was attended by industry leaders and the photography community from around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the world's premier event for colour photography. This year the competition received 6,786 entries from 78 countries.

I received honourable mentions for, “Tbilisi Shop” vendor in the Portrait category photographed for International Alert, “Education in Rwanda” in the Children of the World category photographed for DelAgua, and “Sustainable wood pellet Mill” in the Silhouette category photographed for DRAX. The nominations were for “Tubular Sky” in the Abstract category photographed for Nando’s, “To ‘stair at the light for too long” in the Architecture category photographed for Tetris DB, “Office Colour Creative Space” in the People category photographed for Squaredot, and “Lockdown Haircut Portrait” in the Portrait category which was a funny family portrait when all the hairdressers were closed during the pandemic.

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honouring excellence in colour photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honours the finest images with the highest achievements in colour photography. www.colorawards.com

08

Apr

Portraits of Resilience

  • By Jonathan Banks

Phillips@THEARC Presents Portraits of Resilience, Featuring Photographs by Jonathan Banks That Share the Stories of Survivors of Torture
The exhibition is held in collaboration with the artist, the survivors, and Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC)

https://www.phillipscollection.org/event/2022-04-27-portraits-resilience

WASHINGTON, DC—The Phillips Collection presents Portraits of Resilience at Phillips@THEARC, the museum’s satellite campus in Southeast DC. The ongoing photo series by British photographer Jonathan Banks features images of survivors of torture from around the world who fled their home countries seeking safety, recovery, and political asylum. Portraits of Resilience incorporates voices from countries such as the Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The exhibition is on view from April 27 to July 29, 2022.

“TASSC International is the only organization founded by survivors of torture for survivors of torture, in order to bring healing and ending torture worldwide,” explains TASSC’s Acting Executive Director Alysha Tagert. “These portraits give the survivors an opportunity to share their stories in a unique way, visually representing the beauty of their resilience in overcoming their torture experience. We are thrilled that the community can join as a witness to survivor stories and connect with these incredible people. Thank you to The Phillips Collection and Jonathan for joining with survivors in their journey.” 

Jonathan Banks began the project in 2018 to educate the public about the practice of torture and allow survivors to share their stories in an exploratory and creative fashion—with the ethos that survivors are the strongest and most effective voice in the campaign to abolish torture. To center the voices and stories of the survivors, Banks asks the survivors to select a photograph of significance to them to then be projected onto their portrait. Whether a serene landscape or a vibrant street scene, the projected images show familiar places lost to the individuals. The portraits speak to their past aspirations, hopes, and dreams. At Phillips@THEARC, visitors will be invited to write letters to survivors and take photos with Polaroid cameras to share their own stories of resilience.

“As we watch Ukrainian refugees flee violent attacks and integrate Afghan refugees into our DC community following the fall of Kabul, these portraits humanize the people at the heart of such enormous conflicts,” says Vradenburg Director and CEO Dorothy Kosinski. “The exhibition continues our work to address important global issues that were also the focus of our summer 2019 exhibition The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement.”

Most participating survivors were tortured by repressive governments for reasons varying from joining oppositional political parties to being persecuted for their religion or sexual orientation, or for exposing government corruption. Not all survivors want to be recognized for fear of repercussions to their friends and family, so some names have been changed to protect identities. The series poses questions about place, home, and humanity in the midst of the growing global refugee crisis.

“Engaging the public through art is the focus of The Phillips Collection’s work at THEARC,” notes Director of Community Engagement Nehemiah Dixon III. “We hope that this exhibition leads to deeper conversations about the refugee crisis, and the role that race, national origin, and class play in impacting who we extend empathy and humanity to and how.”

01

Apr

Featured in the Upstream Journal

  • By Jonathan Banks

My photographs taken for the organisation DelAgua feature in an article, “Building health and empowering women with cookstoves”, in The Upstream Journal.

The Upstream Journal is a magazine about human rights and social justice. Since its launch in January 1986, it has told the stories of people and communities facing poverty, oppression and marginalization with the goal of giving them, to the extent we could, a voice.

I documented DelAgua’s Tubeho Neza (“Live Well”) project in Rwanda, capturing how they are working in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, with the goal of providing innovative, high quality performance stoves to 2.3 million rural households. The project is one of the largest cookstove programmes of its kind in the world and is addressing critical climate and health challenges at scale and for the long term.

The photographs were published in a book and went on to win a number of awards including being shortlisted for the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards.

21

Mar

Published in the 2022 B&W Spider Awards Winners Book

  • By Jonathan Banks

As a Winner at the 16th Annual Black & White Spider Awards my work has been published in the 2022 Winners Book.

I received an Honourable Mention in the Architecture category and two nominations in two other categories. My photograph “A Focal Point for a Stair” was captured at the new FORA offices in Shoreditch designed by Tetris DB and features the light ‘Bauhaus’ by Haberdashery Lighting.

The competition received 6,211 entries from 75 countries.

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

https://www.thespiderawards.com/winnersbook.php

16

Mar

YAMAHA MUSIC LONDON ADVERTISING

  • By Jonathan Banks

Last year I took over Yamaha Music’s Flagship store in London for a day and a half advertising shoot, photographing a variety of instruments and music technology.

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” selection of instruments and music technology.

10

Mar

Front Cover of Interior Design Magazine

  • By Jonathan Banks

I am featured all over Interior Design Magazine this month, thanks to the good people at Armourcoat. In the March edition of Interior Designer Magazine my photography is on the front cover, the inside cover, there are three photos used in an article on page 19 and then another photo for a feature on page 45.

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, East Sussex, 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. 

14

Feb

A creative workspace with tech, humour and is also dog friendly

  • By Jonathan Banks

Once occupied by the Lipton Tea factory, the Tea Building was originally a block of early twentieth century warehouses that was revamped under plans drawn up by AHMM for developer Derwent London. The interior has been sympathetically refurbished, keeping many of the original features, to create a number of high-quality open spaces allowing companies to stamp their own distinctive mark on each unit.

Last year I photographed the new office space for the financial technology company, Wise. Fit-out specialist Tetris designed and built the London headquarters as a destination workplace that would attract and retain talent. The 49,000 sq ft of space covers three floors and has been designed to enable connections and communication between employees. There are traditional meeting rooms, “reflection spaces” and technology enhanced collaborative areas.

In my photography brief I was asked to capture how the design respected the original building and features whilst embracing the requirements of a creative financial technology company. The photography was to show how the headquarters has been designed as a flexible working environment with creative workspaces, a lecture theatre, a garden and terrace, and a variety of break out areas.

Great interior design understands the end user’s requirements, respects the interior space, and produces an environment which is reflective of the brand. The Wise Headquarters at the Tea Building brews up it’s unique creative workspace with a blend of humour (with some of the signage), wellness (in the biophilia) and comfort (in the various options for seating from hammocks to hanging chairs) … oh and it is also a dog friendly office.

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.