When Jonas Bendiksen was 19, he had a one-year internship at Magnum Photos' London office. I made coffee and tea, ran to the post office, answered the phones and returned prints and slides to their right places in the archive. A year spent working in the presence of that iconic archive was the best education he could have asked for. After I finished his internship, he left for Russia to try to become a photographer himself. He fell madly in love with the former USSR and ended up spending several years there. This resulted in his book, "Satellites - Photographs from the Fringes of the former Soviet Union", which came out in 2006.
Bendiksen has always been fascinated by enclaves and people living in isolated communities. While "Satellites" looked at separatist republics in the former USSR, in 2005 he started another project about a different type of enclave - the urban slum. "The Places We Live" became a three-year journey through four slum communities around the world, and in 2008 it became a book and exhibition featuring projections and voice recordings in a three-dimensional installation. Also, he has always been fascinated by faith and religion and its place in society. In September 2017, The Last Testament, about people who claim to be the Second Coming of Christ was published.
Bendiksen joined Magnum Photos in 2004.