Dutch publisher

Law & Order

The World of Criminal Justice

Jan Banning

Jan Banning’s Law & Order is a rare and innovative book about criminal justice combining the world of photographic art with that of legal science. His photos reveal the daily realities of police, courts and the often hidden prison conditions in Colombia, France, Uganda and the United States of America.


The book includes Banning’s reflections on criminal punishment and Michiel Scholtes’ moving firsthand narrative of being tried and imprisoned in France. Legal specialists from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) in Freiburg, Germany provide brief introductions to the four countries’ justice systems, plus infographics on crime and criminal justice in them and a selection of other countries. Ulrich Sieber, director of the MPI, contributes a foreword.


This multifaceted collection of photos, texts and statistics raises questions about criminal policy that undermine political platitudes and popular clichés.

Jan Banning (Almelo, 1954), living in Utrecht, Netherlands, studied history before becoming a photographic artist. He gained worldwide recognition with Bureaucratics, which was shown in museums and galleries in some 20 countries on five continents.  Banning’s other well-known books include: Traces of War (2005), Comfort Women(2010) and Down and Out in the South (2013). Among Banning’s many awards is a World Press Photo Award. His documentary artwork has been widely published and is in collections, both private and public, such as the High Museum of Art Atlanta, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

Law & Order

The World of Criminal Justice

Jan Banning


Published: November 2015

Language: English (partly translated into Dutch)

Design by Peter Jonker
ISBN 978-90-77386-15-6
184 pages


235 x 320 mm (9,25 x 12,6 inches)

€ 40,- (ex shippingcosts) 




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