2012-09-21

Leica & Magnum Photos Present: Jonas Bendiksen

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At the Extreme Sports Festival in Voss, Norway, everything happens at a really high speed. To make sure every moment is captured, Jonas Bendiksen uses The Leica S and the Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. lens.

The Leica S and the Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. were introduced on September 17, 2012 as part of the "LEICA - DAS WESENTLICHE" event before photokina 2012.


Leica Camera presents this video, which was created in partnership with Magnum Photos. It shows the story of Jonas Bendiksen photographing extreme skiing at the foot of Mont Blanc, under the toughest conditions, using the Leica S2.


Biography
Norwegian, b. 1977

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).

Here and elsewhere, he often focuses on isolated communities and enclaves. In 2005, with a grant from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, 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.

I love working on stories that get left behind in the race for the 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. 


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 Independent on Sunday Review, the Sunday Times Magazine, the Telegraph Magazine, and the Rockefeller Foundation. ( via Magnum)


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