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Jonas Bendiksen: The Places We Live Hardcover – August 1, 2008

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"The stories of these individuals are told in powerful photographs with accompanying text; many are hopeful, some are not, but in all cases the images are remarkable and hard to forget." -- John Lavine --Color Magazine: For Collectors of Fine Photography

"Throughout the portfolios, living with the virus is normalized--no one is quarantined from everyday life. Family members wander in and out of frames. Romance blooms. People go for a swim in the river, work in the fields, get on with their lives, going for a check-up or rest in an AIDS ward bed with their mothers sitting nearby. Some of the subjects' loved ones test positive. The caregivers become the cared for. Better health returns. Or not. Tears fall. Or don't. The camera follows them into death, too." -- Chael Needle --a&u: America's AIDS Magazine

"Make no mistake: This is dark subject matter. Gnarled fingers grasp hospital bed rails, glassy eyes gaze over sunken cheeks, flies anoint a child's face. But if the individual images are heartrending, there's hope in their evolution. Sometimes the camera bears witness as emaciated patients put on weight and the bedridden rise to live their lives. No AIDS documentary is full of happy endings, but this one is populated by many small miracles." -- Jessanne Collins --Out Magazine

"Using images, words and video photoessays (available on the Global Fund's website, theglobalfund.org), the project brings to light the faces of mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters; men, women and children; farmers, sex workers, laborers, intravenous drug users and the unemployed. Here are remote villages and bustling capital cities, tin-roof huts and sprawling family farms. And here is visible proof of the miraculous recoveries made possible by the efforts of the Global Fund--and the tragedy of those for whom the treatment isn't enough or comes too late." -- Jennifer Schiavone --Metro Source NY

"...a study of how people maintain their dignity when they have practically nothing else." -- Daryl Lang --Photo District News

"This is an illuminating yet heartbreaking look at life in the fastest-growing habitats on earth--urban slums... these photos share an uncanny sense of beauty and empathy." --American Photo

"He photographs the interiors of shanties and shacks in a brilliantly colored panoramic style that, while it reveals poverty and privation, allows the residents in each image to be owners of their space, however tenuous their existence." -- R.K. Dickson --The Bloomsbury Review

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597110671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597110679
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Econome on September 29, 2008
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I bought this book after having seen the exhibit, The places we live, at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo last summer. The exhibit was so moving that I decided to buy this book in hopes that it would remind me about how others in the world live. This book does a good job of bringing the exhibit to your home. The pictures and peoples' excerpts are stirring. Though the photographer, Jonas Bendiksen, has photographed to bring the world to the people in the name of art, be ready to be moved by what and how he's chosen to photograph.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Lotempio on June 20, 2010
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The Places We Live is a fascinating and rewarding photo collection. The format is intriguing; each residence is given a four-page spread so the reader can fully capture the environment. I felt the photos contained an incredible honesty at capturing the pride and the pain of these homes. The vignettes between photos only add to the value of the experience. Wonderful stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Christensen on October 5, 2009
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Powerful storytelling! Each story and fold out panoramic picture invites you into a world you can hardly believe exists, and one that is impossible to forget.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kyle T. Flubacker on July 26, 2008
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Each shanty is unfolded in panoptic four-page form (each page a wall of the room); the magic of the layout is in the incongruous edges of the sub-images, which collectively force the reader to interpolate and extrapolate the space between an artificially objective environment. The effect is furthered by the many dead-pan poses of the inhabitants, no doubt dressed their best, whose proud prose accompanies the visuals and forces the reader to think long and hard about the kind of empathy he should award.
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