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 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).
His work focuses on isolated communities and people living in challenging circumstances, often outside the main headline stories of the day. In 2005 he started working on The Places We Live, a project on urban slums worldwide, which became both a multimedia installation and a book in 2008.
Bendiksen has received numerous awards, from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, and others. His documentary of life in a Nairobi slum, Kibera, published in the Paris Review, won a National Magazine Award in 2007.
He has been working regularly for National Geographic magazine since 2004, the same year which he joined Magnum Photos.