Monday, February 6, 2012

Erratic Photography: Jonas Bendiksen

Today I will show you the work of Jonas Bendiksen, a Norwegian photographer who has spent the last decade or so traveling to far-flung places to photograph people who live on the margins of society.

"Villagers collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies, Russia, Altai Territory."

I bought his book Satellites when it came out in 2006, and the volume has since become quite sought-after and valuable. At the age of 20, Bendiksen set out to photograph life in the outlying areas of the Former Soviet Union. More recently, he has visited slums around the world to document the surprisingly rich lives of the people who live there, and collected the photographs in a book entitled The Places We Live. He says, "I love working on stories that get left behind in the race for daily headlines — journalistic orphans. Often, the most worthwhile and convincing images tend to lurk within the hidden, oblique stories that fly just below the radar." You can read more about him here.

"Scrap-metal dealers wait for a rocket to crash, Kazakhstan."

"Abkhazia, Black Sea beach."

"Santosh Lohar home, Mumbai."

"Wedding lights, Dharavi slum, Mumbai."

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