Jonas Bendiksen is a Norwegian photographer, a member of the Magnum Photos agency since 2004 (« Full member » in 2008).
Bendiksen works on long-term projects and gives an important place to the photobook form in his work, usually publishing a photobook at the end of each project.
Among his important publications are "Satellites - Photographs from the Fringes of the former Soviet Union" (Aperture, 2006) after a 3-year stay in several separatist republics from the former USSR; "The Places We Live" (Aperture, 2008) where he documents the life of populations in slums in several countries (Venezuela, Kenya, India, Indonesia, etc.), "The Last Testament" (Aperture, 2017) about several people - again in different countries - who pretend to be the second-coming of Jesus, and finally "The Book of Veles" (GOST, 2021) which made a loud bang as Bendiksen revealed - after garnering numerous accolades and awards, including at the important "Visa pour l'Image" festival in Perpignan, France - that all the images of the project had been created with a software tool used in the CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) cinema industry, when the subject of the book is about the creation and propagation of "fake news".
© Portrait (uncredited) taken from an article about "The Book of Veles" on the website of French radio France Culture
Presentation by GOST: " Veles is a provincial town of 40,000 inhabitants in North Macedonia which has lost much of its economic base in recent decades—an enormous steel smelter, a porcelain factory and other industry lie abandoned. During the 2016 US presidential election, the town became a hub for Fake News production. Tech-savvy local youth created...