Jonas Bendiksen and Philip Gourevitch at Aperture
Last Monday November 24th, Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen, and author and editor of the Paris Review, Philip Gourevitch discussed Bendiksen’s work from his latest book The Places We Live (Aperture, 2008). The publication, with an introduction by Gourevitch, documents life in slums in four different cities around the world: Nairobi, Kenya; Mumbai, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Caracas, Venezuela.
During the talk Gourevitch asked Bendiksen several questions, including one about the striking attractiveness and color intensity of the photographs, which could be seen as a sharp contrast to the difficult subject matter at hand. Gourevitch wondered if it was a conscious decision for Bendiksen to reveal the beauty in these precarious dwellings.