From the Aperture e-blast:
“On Monday, November 24, Magnum Photographer Jonas Bendiksen will be in conversation with prominent author and editor of the Paris Review Philip Gourevitch about Bendiksen’s latest book The Places We Live (Aperture, 2008), a unique and powerful portrait of slum life today introduced by Gourevitch. A multimedia exhibition of this work is now on view at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway, until January 2009.
Don’t miss this thoughtful discussion at Aperture Gallery! Jonas Bendiksen will also be available to sign copies of his book.”
From the event website:
Jonas Bendiksen and Philip Gourevitch
Monday, November 24, 2008
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
Aperture presents an important conversation between Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen and noted author Philip Gourevitch. Their discussion will focus on the subject of Bendiksen’s recent and remarkable book, The Places We Live, which documents life in slums around the world.
2008 has witnessed a major shift in the way people across the world live: for the first time in human history more people live in cities than in rural areas. This triumph of the urban does not entirely represent progress though, as the number of people living in urban slums—often in abject conditions—will soon exceed one billion.
Gourevitch writes in the book’s introduction, “Here are whole families, and all their belongings and their relationships, unfurled before us and at the same time engulfing us as we look in….To see these lives, you must enter their space, and Bendiksen leads you in….You are not simply the viewer, much less a voyeur: you are what the people in the picture are looking at as you look at them.”
Jonas Bendiksen is a member of Magnum Photos and recipient of numerous awards, including the 2003 Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. His photographs have appeared in National Geographic, GEO, Newsweek, and the Sunday Times Magazine, among many other publications.
Philip Gourevitch is an author, journalist, and editor of the Paris Review. He has published articles for publications including Harper’s and The New York Times Magazine, and is a staff writer for The New Yorker. His books include Standard Operating Procedure and We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda.