Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen: Developing long-term documentary projects

Across 18 in-depth lessons, award-winning photographer Jonas Bendiksen imparts the vital lessons learned over a 20+ year career

Delving into a wide range of subjects, Bendiksen explores the inspiration found in a restless attitude to making photographs—as well as the nitty-gritty details of the craft, and shares valuable insights and advice on generating ideas, storytelling techniques, and developing long-term documentary projects.

Spanning more than six and a half hours of material, the photographer unpacks his experiences making his critically acclaimed long-form personal projects, and invites students behind the curtain of his practice, sharing demonstrations on editing workflows and proposal writing, as well as providing a host of practical advice on everything from working in the field to the steps involved in creating a photobook.

Jonas Bendiksen was born in Norway 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. Over 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.
Bendiksen has made major bodies of work all over the world, while also photographing the daily rhythms of life at home. As well as many critically acclaimed long-form projects he has also produced significant work for many commercial and editorial clients, including National Geographic, Stern, TIME, Newsweek, The Sunday Times Magazine, and The Guardian Weekend.

Bendiksen became a nominee member of Magnum Photos in 2004 and a full member in 2008.


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