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Jonas Bendiksen’s Satellites, 15 Years On

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Jonas Bendiksen Azerbaijan. Nagorno-Karabakh. 2005. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen A man walks past the half-empty apartment blocks of Shushi, a town that was partially destroyed in the Azeri-Armenian war of the early 1990s. Today it remains half-wrecked, and all the previous Aze (...)
Jonas Bendiksen With its lush Black Sea location, Abkhazia is trying to attract Russian tourists. Here, at a road stop on the tour bus route, an entrepreneur, who charges tourists 10 rubles to photograph his bear, (...)
Jonas Bendiksen People sailing out on the Black Sea. Georgia. Abkhazia. Gagra. 2005. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen Georgia. Abkhazia. Sukhum. 2005. Babushka Tanya's run down apartment. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen Georgia. Abkhazia. Sukhum. 2005. Babushka "Tanya," an elderly ethnic Russian woman, heads back to her bombed out apartment building after walking her dog. Despite the damages, three apartments rema (...)
Jonas Bendiksen Georgia. Abkhazia. Sukhum. 2005. Although Abkhazia is isolated, half-abandoned and still suffering war wounds due to its unrecognized status, both locals and Russian tourists are drawn to the warm (...)
Jonas Bendiksen Moldova. Transdniester. 2004. Steel mill. Despite the nationalist rethoric of the breakaway war with Moldova in 1992, critics of Transdniester see their quest for independence as a power grab by fa (...)
Jonas Bendiksen Moldova. Transdniester. 2004. People attending a church-run soup kitchen. Most Transdniestrians are poor, and a large portion of the population are pensioneers longing for the better times of the U (...)
Jonas Bendiksen Moldova. Transdniester. 2004. The population of Transdniester is mainly ethnic Russians, and the main religion is Russian Orthodox Christianity. Here a priest gives his blessings before a christeni (...)
Jonas Bendiksen Moldova. Transdniesterian deputy minister of defense looking lovingly at an Alazan missile in front of a scene from 1992 breakaway war with Moldova. The Alazan missile has been in the media's focus (...)
Jonas Bendiksen Moldova. Transdniester. 2004. Crows circle a statue of Lenin in front of the Supreme Soviet building. Transdniester is in many ways one of the last bastions of communist nostalgia in the former USSR. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen Russia. Birobidzhan, Jewish Autonomous Region of Russia. 1999. Stalin looks out on his creation while Raisa sews. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen Russia. Birobidzhan, The Jewish Autonomous Region. 1999. The first Jewish homeland of modern time, created 20 years before Israel, located in Far-East Siberia. Streetscene. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen Russia. Birobidzhan, The Jewish Autonomous Region. 1999. The first Jewish homeland of modern time, created 20 years before Israel, located in Far-East Siberia. People waiting for the morning bus in (...)
Jonas Bendiksen Kyrgysztan. Ferghana Valley. Osh. 2002. Heroin addicts in Osh, where a dose of the drug costs less than a beer. The valley is a major hub for drug trafficking from Afghanistan. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen Uzbekistan. Ferghana Valley. 2002. Muslim women digging themselves into supposedly healing sands. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen Russia. Altai Territory. 2000. Villagers collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies. Environmentalists fear for the region's future due to the toxic r (...)
Jonas Bendiksen Russia. Altai Territory. 2000. Dead cows lying on a cliff. The local population claim whole herds of cattle and sheep regularly die as a result of rocket fuel poisoned soil. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen Uzbekistan-Kyrghyzstan border. Ferghana Valley. 2002. An Uzbek border patrol surveys one of the valley's seven territorial enclaves. The myriad borders of the valley make it hard to control and ide (...)
Jonas Bendiksen | Satellites Villagers collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies. Environmentalists fear for the region's future due to the toxic rocket fuel. Altai Territory, Rus (...)