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 photographer. 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).

Here and elsewhere, he often focuses on isolated communities and enclaves. In 2005, 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. This was also published as the foldout book The Places We Live in 2008.

Bendiksen has received numerous grants and awards, including the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, New York, the Telenor International Culture Prize, Norwegian state artist grants, World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year prizes. His documentary of life in a Nairobi slum, Kibera, published in the Paris Review, won a National Magazine Award in the United States.

He lives outside of Oslo with his wife and son.

  • Abkhazia

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Abkhazia, 2005

  • Abkhazia

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Abkhazia

  • Altai Territory

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Altai Territory

  • Baptism

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Baptism

  • Birobidzhan

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Birobidzhan

  • Burning barracks Vesteralen

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Burning barracks Vesteralen

  • Bus stop

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Bus stop

  • Caracas

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Caracas

  • Chamonix

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Chamonix, 2012

  • El Valle Caracas

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    El Valle Caracas

  • Household 1

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Household 1

  • Household 2

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Household 2

  • Household 3

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Household 3

  • Household 4

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Household 4

  • Men moving mosque

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Men moving mosque

  • Népal

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Népal , 2009

  • Qikiqtarjuaq

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Qikiqtarjuaq

  • Rocket and moon

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Rocket and moon, 2000

  • Russia

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Russia, 2011

  • Russian garden

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Russian garden

  • Scrap metal dealers

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Scrap metal dealers , 2000

  • Transdniester

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Transdniester

  • Transdnister

    © Jonas Bendiksen
    Transdnister

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