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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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15

Jul

Microsoft’s “Eedi” AI Math tutoring service

  • By Jonathan Banks

Students have had a tough time lately with Covid related disruptions. I was assigned by Microsoft to photograph “Eedi”, their AI online math tutoring service.

I spent the morning with Eithne and her family in Chorley, photographing Eithne using the math tutoring service both in the house and on the move in the car.

Newly enrolled students on Eedi are asked to take a dynamic quiz of 10 multiple choice diagnostic questions that the service uses to learn where students struggle most in math. This information allows the service to place students on a learning pathway to overcome those specific obstacles, or misconceptions.

The dynamic quiz is powered by AI developed by researchers at the Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, United Kingdom, who specialize in machine learning algorithms that help people make decisions. 

The AI uses each answer to predict the probability the student will correctly answer each of thousands of other possible next questions and then weighs those probabilities to decide what question to ask next to pinpoint knowledge gaps.

To read more about this project check out

https://blogs.microsoft.com/ai/eedi-online-math-quiz/

12

Jul

The workplace of the future

  • By Jonathan Banks

JLL’s new 38,000 sq ft offices at 20 Water Street is featured in the current issue of Mix Interiors Magazine and on a number of websites including Office Snapshots and Costar. I was commissioned to photograph the space for the design and build team, Tetris.

The Canary Wharf workplace is JLL’s first office specifically designed to embrace a new way of hybrid working. JLL wanted a collaborative, sustainable, inclusive, health-led, tech-smart, energy-efficient and flexible workplace (targeting WELL Platinum, SKA Gold, BREEAM Excellent). The user experience is at the centre of the design, promoting wellness through biophilia incorporated in spaces both inside and outside of the offices. The project had to be an exemplar for both JLL's people and clients, while meeting JLL's targets for their Net Zero Carbon 2025 milestone.

The workplace benefits from AI powered sensors to monitor occupancy and air quality, as well as smart lockers and ultra-high-speed Wi-Fi complementing JLL’s own intelligent workplace app.

Sustainable elements include worktops made from recycled post-industrial plastic and tabletops within the demise made from recycled suit textiles.

The office features a variety of meeting and hybrid rooms, breakout areas, cafe and kitchens, huddle spaces, demo and innovation zones, standing rooms, study libraries, acoustic meeting pods, plus garden lounges and balconies.

JLL has employed a forward-thinking and holistic approach to the design of their new offices, with innovation and employee wellbeing at its heart.

Mix Interiors is aimed at the UK architectural and design community. Each issue features the latest industry news, case studies of leading projects across workplace, hospitality and residential, interviews with key influencers from the world of A&D and property; reviews of the industry’s major events and exhibitions, and insightful articles written by expert contributors.

MANUFACTURERS:

Orangebox SAS International Shaw Contract Humanscale Vitra Frovi

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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.”

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