I saw Bendiksen’s work for the first time at a Magnum exhibition in the C/O Berlin last year and was completely blown away by the composition and lighting in his work.
In 2005 he started 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”.
For three years, I visited dozens of families in four slums around the world. The Places We Live was not a search for finding the absolute extremes of urban poverty I wasn’t looking for the dirties spot, the poorest hovels or the most crime-ridden street corner. My task was to find how people normalize these dire situations. How they build dignity and daily lives in the midst of very challenging living conditions.