The latest photography book to be added to my burgeoning collection is Jonas Bendiksen’s The Places Where we Live’
It’s a really beautiful series of images that highlights the plight of many of the world’s slum dwellers, from Caracas to Jakarta.
A visit to www.theplaceswelive.com gives you a great overview of the subject and features Bendiksen’s photos to stunning effect.
What I love about the series is it shows you don’t necessarily need to be unremittingly brutal in your depiction of poverty to get people to notice the issue. Like Alex Webb before him, he uses color and natural lighting to great effect without prettifying the subject.