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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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08

Jul

The Phillips Collection Centennial Year

  • By Jonathan Banks

I am honoured to be included in the film celebrating The Phillips Collection centennial year. The video is a round-up of their exhibitions, new commissions and parties featuring the work of Pablo Picasso, Daniel Canogar and Marta Perez Garcia.

My “Portraits of Resilience” series that share the stories of survivors of torture is being exhibited at the Phillips Collection @ARC till the end of the month. The exhibition is held in collaboration with the artist, the survivors, and Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC). The exhibition is on view from April 27 to July 29, 2022.

01

Jul

Portraits of Resilience final month

  • By Jonathan Banks

Portraits of Resilience features photographs by Jonathan Banks that share the stories of survivors of torture from around the world. The work is being exhibited in collaboration with Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) at the Phillips Collection (Phillips@THEARC) till the end of July 2022.

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. As such, each survivor selected a photograph that was significant to them. The photograph was then projected over the individual, sometimes obscuring their identity if anonymity was requested.

“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.”

30

Jun

Lighting up the Jubilee celebrations

  • By Jonathan Banks

The Tree of Trees was illuminated during a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on the evening of Thursday 2nd June in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.

The queen led the ceremony at Windsor Castle, symbolically setting off a chain reaction, while her grandson, Prince William, saw the final result as the Principal Beacon lit up outside Buckingham Palace. The “Tree of Trees” is being used to honor Her Majesty’s 70-year reign on the throne. Around 3,000 beacons were lit across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth simultaneously.

I was commissioned to photograph and capture the sculpture on the run up to the Jubilee celebration weekend. The photographs have been featured in a number of editorial publications including, The Times, Independent, CNN, Bloomberg, Architects Journal, Dezeen, and on numerous websites.

Designed by Heatherwick Studio, the sculpture is one part of a national community campaign to plant more trees and inspire the next generation of tree planters, led by the Queen’s Green Canopy.

"This sculpture acts like a beacon, sending one simple, eternal message that trees are the super-heroes of our towns and cities and matter much more to our lives than we realize," said studio head Thomas Heatherwick. "It's been made by a team of welders, arborists, designers and fabricators from right across the country, all of us playing a part in this huge community campaign that's literally transforming the landscape and proudly honoring The Queen."

After the Jubilee, the saplings will be taken to a nursery in Cambridgeshire and cared for in 20-litre pots until the planting season begins this October. They include nine native species so that the right tree can be planted in the right place. Each one will then be gifted to community groups across the UK, celebrating their work and helping to green our cities and renew the countryside.

A million trees have already been planted through the Queens Green Canopy, nurturing a legacy to honour Her Majesty the Queen.

27

Jun

The Tree of Trees

  • By Jonathan Banks

Earlier this year the Palace asked Heatherwick Studios to design a living sculpture to celebrate the Queens Green Canopy as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

I was commissioned to photograph and capture the sculptures design on the run up to the Jubilee celebration weekend.

Designed by Heatherwick Studio, the sculpture is one part of a national community campaign to plant more trees and inspire the next generation of tree planters, led by the Queen’s Green Canopy.

The sculpture stands 21 metres high, made of reclaimed surplus steel. 350 British grown saplings rest in spun aluminium pots set along its 80 branches. It has been created by a team of welders, designers, fabricators and arborists from Cleveland and Ely to Halifax, Portslade and London.

"The Tree of Trees is here to highlight an incredible community campaign that's already planted more than a million saplings and celebrate a moment of national togetherness. 

We all know we need more trees and nature in Britain's towns and cities. Our job as designers and all the other people who make and manage cities is to apply our creative energy and imagination to the task of making that happen.“ said Designer Thomas Heatherwick

After the Jubilee, the saplings will be taken to a nursery in Cambridgeshire and cared for in 20 litre pots until the planting season begins this October. They include nine different species so that the right tree can be planted in the right place. Each one will then be gifted to community groups to celebrate their work, help green our cities and renew the countryside.

A million trees have already been planted through the Queens Green Canopy, nurturing a legacy to honour Her Majesty the Queen.

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www.queensgreencanopy.org

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