Monday, 2 June 2008

GEO Germany: Jonas Bendiksen

Jonas Bendiksen began his photography career as a 19-year-old intern in the London office of Magnum Photos. He eventually left office life to travel through Russia and pursue his own work as a photojournalist. Since then, Jonas has worked on numerous articles throughout the world, including his ongoing project about the world's slums. His coverage on "Dharavi: Mumbai's Shadow City," is featured in National Geographic.

Here's a a German-narrated slideshow feature published on GEO (Germany) website on Jonas' "The Places We Live" project. Since 2005, he has been working on this project which he says is "about the growth of urban slums across the world. In 2007, the world's urban population for the first time will overtake the world's rural population. At almost exactly the same time, the number of people living in urban slums is topping one billion." (From the project "The Places We Live" © /Magnum Photos)

The project explores what that means to the people living in four different cities across the planet.