“A court ordered Nikon last week to honor its original commitment and to let (Ahn Sehong’s Comfort Women) exhibit run as planned. As it opened Tuesday, protesters denounced the show as a defamation of the Japanese, holding up signs such as, “The forcible carting-off of ‘comfort women’ is the biggest fabrication in history,” according to Asahi Shimbun.
The photographer told Japanese and Korean media he had faced threats and harassment from ultraconservative groups. He lamented that Nikon had kept the media out of his show. Nikon is reportedly still trying to appeal the ruling in order to shut down the show before it is scheduled to close in July.”
Source: Los Angeles Times.
- Jan Banning
May 4th 1954, Almelo
Dutch photographer and artist. Banning was born in the Netherlands from Dutch-East-Indies parents. He studied social and economic history at the Radboud University Nijmegen, and has been working as a photographer since 1981. A central theme of Banning's practice is state power, having produced series about the long-term consequences of war and the world of government bureaucracy.