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"I guess I'm a fairly simple photographer. There is very little hocus-pocus about what I do"

- Jonas Bendiksen

b. 1977


Based in Oslo, Norway


Available for commissions
& assignments

Jonas Bendiksen is Norwegian and was born in 1977. He began his career at the age of 19 as an intern at Magnum’s London office, before leaving for Russia to pursue his own work as a photojournalist. Throughout the several years he spent there, Bendiksen photographed stories from the fringes of the former Soviet Union, a project that was published as the book Satellites (2006).

In Russia and elsewhere, he often focuses on isolated communities and enclaves. In 2005, with a grant from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, he started working on The Places We Live, a project on the growth of urban slums across the world, which combines still photography, projections, and voice recordings to create three-dimensional installations.

Bendiksen has received numerous awards, including the 2003 Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, New York, and second place in the Daily Life Stories for World Press Photo, as well as first prize in the Pictures of the Year International Awards. His documentary of life in a Nairobi slum, Kibera, published in the Paris Review, won a National Magazine Award in 2007.

His editorial clients include National Geographic, Geo, Newsweek, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, and The Rockefeller Foundation.

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Selected works


Far From Home: Guest Workers of the Gulf

Jonas Bendiksen

Norwegian photographer Jonas Bendiksen explores the world of guest workers in the Arab Gulf oil states

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Greenland’s Vanishing Villages

Jonas Bendiksen

Current Exhibition
Stockholm, Sweden

Jonas Bendiksen’s “The Last Testament” Goes on Show in Stockholm

Jonas Bendiksen
Until Feb 17

Theme | 19 Stories

2018 at Magnum Photos

Upcoming Workshop
Central, Hong Kong

Finding an Authentic Voice in your Documentary Storytelling

Magnum Photographers
Jan 25 - 29

Magnum Square Print

Jonas Bendiksen

Current Exhibition
Munich, Germany

“Magnum Manifesto” in Munich

Magnum Photographers
Until Jan 27

Past Exhibition

Magnum Photos at Paris Photo 2018

Magnum Photographers
Until Nov 11, 2018

Past Exhibition
Milan, Italy

Home, Milan

Magnum Photographers
Until Oct 28, 2018

Arts & Culture

Jonas Bendiksen’s Family Home

Jonas Bendiksen

Past Exhibition
Köln, Germany

Home, Photokina

Magnum Photographers
Until Sep 29, 2018

Theme | 13 Stories


Past Exhibition
Hong Kong, China

Home, Hong Kong

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 27, 2018


The Magnum Digest: July 13, 2018

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Theme | 15 Stories

A Portrait of Russia

Past Exhibition
Arles , France

Magnum Photos at Rencontres d’Arles 2018

Magnum Photographers
Until Sep 23, 2018

Past Exhibition
Tokyo, Japan

Home, Tokyo

Magnum Photographers
Until Jul 30, 2018

Past Book Signing
Paris, France

Book Signing with Magnum Photographers in Paris

Magnum Photographers
Jun 21 2018

Theory & Practice

Traveling with Magnum: Teaching and Being Taught in China

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Past Exhibition
Paris, France

Home, Paris

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 19, 2018 · Free