I have a lot of “favourite” photographers that inspired or inspire (because some of them are alive…ekhm…still :P) me all the time. Jonas Bendiksen is one of them. He’s a Norwegian photographer, born in 1977 – so that gives him 35 years old, right? 😛
He began his career at the age of 19 as an intern at Magnum’s London office. After that, he travelled to Russia and started his own work as a photojournalist. He joined Magnum Photos exactly in 2004 (became a full member in 2008). He spend several years in Russia and create a project that was published as the book “Satellites (2006)”. That is a photo from that project:
What is so special about him? I really appreciate the fact that his work is concentrating on isolated communities and people living in circumstances, where nobody wants to live. For example, for the project called “The Places We Live”, he was taking pictures from urban slums worldwide. He won many awards (World Press Photo and others) and since 2004 he is working for National Geographic.
I think the best way of introducing him is just to show his work that speaks for itself.
Here, he was photographing skiing at the foot of Mont Blanc. He was using Leica S2 in one of the toughest conditions.
His attitude toward nowadays photography summarize in one of the things he said:
“I love working on stories that get left behind in the race for the daily headlines – journalistic orphans. Often, the most worthwhile and convincing images tend to lurk within the hidden, oblique stories that fly just below the radar.”
If I didn’t convince you, I can’t do nothing about it. Let me try just last two attempts.
Here you can know him a little bit better:
And here you can see the amazing “The Places We Live” Project, presented in a unique form: http://www.theplaceswelive.com/
Thanks for reading, Kasia 🙂