Jonas Bendiksen

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Jonas Bendiksen, 2014

Jonas Bendiksen (born September 8, 1977 in Tønsberg ) is a Norwegian photojournalist .

At the age of 19, he began an internship at the London office of the Magnum photography agency , and soon embarked on a career as a photographer himself. For seven years he toured the border states of the former Soviet Union, including Abkhazia , Uzbekistan , Kazakhstan , Moldova , Transnistria , Siberia and the Caucasus . His first photo book, Satellites , which was published by Aperture in 2006 , was created from the photographs from this trip .

Bendiksen's best-known photo is that of scrap collectors dismantling parts of rockets that have fallen down in a seemingly surreal scene in the Kazakh steppe.

In 2007 he spent several months in the slums of Nairobi , Mumbai , Jakarta and Caracas . The book about it was published in August 2008 - see below.

His photographs have appeared in National Geographic , Geo , mare , The Sunday Times Magazine and Newsweek , among others .

He joined Magnum in 2004 and has been a full member since 2008.

Bendiksen's journalistic credo: “I work on stories that fall short in the daily race for the headlines. Journalistic orphans. Often the most rewarding and convincing motifs lurk in the hidden stories that hardly ever attract attention. "

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  • Satellites: Photographs from the Fringes of the Former Soviet Union , Aperture 2006, ISBN 159-7-11023-X
  • This is how we live - people on the edge of the megacities , Knesebeck 2008, ISBN 978-3-89660-587-0