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Jonas Bendiksen October 31, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Indonesia.
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Kids playing on top of water mains. Jakarta, Indonesia, 2007

Jonas Bendiksen (b. 1977, Norway) 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, Jonas photographed stories from the fringes of the former Soviet Union, a project that was published as the book Satellites (2006). 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 Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine and the many others.

About the Photograph:

In 2005, with a grant from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, Jonas 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. A book, also called ‘The Places We Live’, is being published in seven languages to coincide with the Oslo exhibition in June 2008.


1. katy - December 7, 2008

I really enjoy this photograph because it makes me think of me and my friends. We always try to find the strangest places to hang out, somewhere that no one would expect to find us, so we feel like we aren’t even in our own town. Plus that looks like an awesome place to just hang out on a nice day, I get a really relaxed feeling when I see this photo. Good Job.

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