Monthly Archives: May 2013

Mayor of Osaka: Comfort Women necessary to maintain discipline.

JBA Comfort Women 07 PainiThe young nationalist mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, said on Monday that the Japanese military’s forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to “maintain discipline” in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers who risked their lives in battle.
He suggested that U.S. troops based in southern Japan should patronize the local sex industry more to help reduce rapes and other assaults.
His remarks are in line with prime minister Abe’s pledges to revise Japan’s past apologies for wartime atrocities made in 1993 by then Prime Minister Yohei Kono, acknowledging and expressing remorse for the suffering caused to the sexual slaves of Japanese troops.

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For the photo book, go here.

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Book Presentation of “Down and Out in the South”, Naarden, May 18, 2013

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Dutch photo book publisher Ipso Facto (IF) is pleased to announce the release of Jan Banning’s latest photo book Down and Out in the South on May 18, 2013.
The book contains 42 portraits of homeless men and women from the southern United States. While not the first to photograph modern society’s outcasts, Banning’s approach is unusual. Eschewing caricaturizing depictions, Banning places his subjects in a studio setting without their stereotypical belongings, focusing instead on their individuality — on who they are rather than what they are commonly labeled.

“Rather than the expected treatment of a marginalized population, Banning takes a more artful approach… [He] builds their identity back up in his soulful portraits [and] confers a serenity on people who we normally try desperately not to contemplate.”
Felicia Feaster, Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2012 Festival Guide

Appended to the photo book is a “Giveaway Edition,” designed to create easy access to the photo project in public spaces and to raise questions about property. The book also contains a fiery introductory essay by the young Atlanta-based writer James Swift and an Artist’s Statement by Banning. Down and Out in the South is simultaneously launched as a digital edition (for iPad), with sound and video fragments. Customers can now purchase this iBook or download a free excerpt here.

Special Price till May 18, 2013:
Including shipping costs:
NL: EUR 30 – Europe: EUR 35 – USA: USD 46.71 – Australia: AUS 53.47
After May 18, 2013 (including shipping costs):
NL: EUR 35 – Europe: EUR 40 – USA: USD 53 – Australia: AUD 60

Book Presentation
You are welcome to attend the book presentation of “Down and Out in the South”, May 18, 2013 at 5.30 PM in de Grote Kerk, Sint Annastraat 5,  (1411 PE) Naarden, Netherlands. Here, you can also visit the exhibition (of 23 of the photos), which is part of the FOTOFESTIVAL NAARDEN 2013.
The book presentation is sponsored by


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Slideshow Night at Annenberg Space for Photography


Vietnam, Aftermath (1992). Two patients in the “Center for Mental Treatment” in Ba Vi town. Numerous patients are diagnosed as suffering from war traumas.

My work has been selected to be part of the special slideshow event at the current exhibition“WAR / PHOTOGRAPHY” (Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath) at the Annenberg Space for Photography.
Date: May 17th, 2013 from 6:30-8:30pm.
Location: Century Park, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067, USA.

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