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Jonas Bendiksen joins the speaker line up for Vision 2010

Image © Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos

Jonas Bendiksen began his career at the age of 19 as an intern at Magnum's London office, before leaving for Russia to pursue his own work as a photojournalist. Throughout the several years he spent there, Bendiksen photographed stories from the fringes of the former Soviet Union. His book, Satellites, published 15 years after the fall of the USSR, with its haunting photographs and text explored these restless territories' search for historical, religious and ideological identity, and formed a timely look into unfinished chapters of Soviet history.

Here and elsewhere, he often focuses on isolated communities and enclaves. As he says: "I love working on stories that get left behind in the race for the daily headlines - journalistic orphans. Often, the most worthwhile and convincing images tend to lurk within the hidden, oblique stories that fly just below the radar." In 2005, with a grant from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, he started working on The Places We Live, a project on the growth of urban slums across the world, which combined still photography, projections and voice recordings to create three-dimensional installations. The resulting book, The Places We Live, was published in 2008.

Bendiksen has received numerous awards, including the 2003 Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, New York, and second place in the Daily Life Stories for World Press Photo, as well as first prize in the Pictures of the Year International Awards. His documentary of life in a Nairobi slum, Kibera, published in the Paris Review, won a National Magazine Award in 2007. He joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2004 and became a full member in 2008.

His editorial clients include National Geographic, Geo, Newsweek, the Independent on Sunday Review, the Sunday Times Magazine, the Telegraph Magazine, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Tom Hunter to speak at Vision 2010

Image © Tom Hunter

Tom Hunter won the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award in 1998. In 2006 he was the first artist to have a photography show at the National Gallery, London. He has also just been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society in their Annual Awards for 2010.

Tom Hunter currently lives and works in London. His work is often particular, but not exclusive, to the community of travellers he knows as neighbours and friends in East London. As Hunter says of his subjects, "I really wanted to show that the subjects I was dealing with were as important as the rich and famous people, in the same way as Vermeer."

He has exhibited work both nationally and internationally, in solo and group shows and is also a Senior Research Fellow of the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

George Georgiou to speak at Vision 2010

Image © George Georgiou

George Georgiou won the last-ever Projects Assistance Awards, run by BJP in partnership with Nikon. He'll use the award to complete his work on the continuing influence of Russia on its former territories in Georgia and the Ukraine

George Georgiou has spent the last decade travelling the Balkans, eastern Europe and Turkey after he and his partner, fellow photographer Vanessa Winship, sold their flat in London “to fund a great adventure”. Having based themselves in Belgrade, and later settling in Istanbul, shooting in-depth stories there and in neighbouring countries, they came back to London two years ago, but have continued shooting projects in the region on extended return visits. Now Georgiou will go back to Georgia and the Ukraine to complete his latest series there, In the Shadow of the Bear.

In the Shadow of the Bear evolved from a very different idea, Georgiou tells BJP. “The original goal was to look at the eastern revolutions. Having already covered Serbia, I wanted to look at Georgia and Ukraine. I wanted to use these three countries to show the aftermath of the peaceful ‘colour’ revolutions.” But, after spending time in Ukraine, the photographer perceived the strong influence Russia still plays in these former Soviet regions. “Russia continues to interfere in their affairs, the same way the US did in Central America.”

In the Shadow of the Bear will explore life after the Rose Revolution of 2003 in Georgia, and the 2004 Ukrainian Orange Revolution. “The work looks, in subtle and quiet moments, at the signs in the domestic and public spheres, which when taken together, build up a representation of how ordinary people in Georgia and Ukraine negotiate the everyday space that they find themselves in,” he says. “I am looking at each country individually, with their own very different dynamics and characteristics, but also the aspects that are familiar between the two through their shared history in the Soviet Union.”

Georgiou has already shot many pictures in the series, but says: “Now I have to fine-tune it. I need to look at the signs and symbols and at Russia’s presence. I am now at the more complex and reflective stage of producing the photographs and visual links that will bridge the two nations together in the shadow of Russia.”

Over the summer he plans to go back to both countries to explore the Black Sea coast and study the large residential districts around Kiev and Tbilisi. He expects to finish the work in September before taking on the longer task of editing and designing a monograph.
Georgiou will present his work at this year’s Vision.

19th November 2010 - 10am-5pm
Vision 2010 celebrates 12 years of inspiring creative professionals when it returns to the Business Design Centre in Islington.