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Originally from Norway, Jonas Bendiksen spent a number of years honing his craft in Russia, documenting themes from the fringes of the former Soviet Union. In the Altai Territory, Bendiksen told the story of the communities who live under the flight paths of Russian space rockets. The area was plagued by the ill effects of the highly toxic rocket fuel. Pictured here, dead cows lying on a cliff in 2000. Locals claimed herds of cattle and sheep regularly died as a result of soil poisoned by rocket fuel.

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

Jonas Bendiksen
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Jonas Bendiksen was born in Norway 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).

Bendiksen has made major bodies of work all over the world. He worked on many critically acclaimed long-form projects including The Places We Live, a project on the growth of urban slums across the world, and The Last Testament, which documents people who claim to be the Second Coming of Christ. Bendiksen became a nominee of Magnum Photos in 2004 and a member in 2008. He lives with his wife and three children outside Oslo, Norway.

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