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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

Norwegian

Based in Oslo, Norway

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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

Architecture

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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From the Magnum Shop

Most Recent

Upcoming Artist Talk
London, United Kingdom

Magnum Photos Now: Beyond the Bible – Jonas Bendiksen Presents The Last Testament

Jonas Bendiksen
Sep 26

Theme | 8 Stories

Behind The Image

Past Square Print Sale

Closer

Magnum Photographers
Jun 5 - 9

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

David Hurn’s Swaps

Magnum Photographers
Until May 21

Past Exhibition
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Evolution Explored

Magnum Photographers
Until Apr 20

Arts & Culture

Ultimate Vistas: A Land Rover Project

Jonas Bendiksen

Arts & Culture

The Magnum Gift Guide

Magnum Photographers

Newsroom

Technology in China

Jonas Bendiksen

Past Square Print Sale

Conditions of the Heart: on Empathy and Connection in Photography

Magnum Photographers
Oct 31 - Nov 4

Theory & Practice

Behind the Image: Jonas Bendiksen’s Satellites

Jonas Bendiksen

Theme | 9 Stories

Anthropocene

The Global Seed Vault. Svalbard, Norway, 2016.

Jonas Bendiksen
SIGNED AND EDITIONED
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Newsroom

Future Proofing Life on Earth

Jonas Bendiksen

Past Exhibition
Eschborn, Germany

Magnum Contact Sheets

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 19, 2016

Past Exhibition
Stuttgart, Germany

Odyssey Europe

Magnum Photographers
Until Jul 9, 2016

Past Square Print Sale

The (More or Less) Decisive Moments

Magnum Photographers
Jun 6 - 11

Arts & Culture

Last of the First Skiers

Jonas Bendiksen

Past Square Print Sale
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Up Close & Personal

Magnum Photographers
Nov 9 - 13