One photojournalist who doesn’t want to die having never worked for a newspaper


Jonas Bendiksen is an award-winning Noweigan photojournalist who has shot for National Geographic and has a second place finish in the Daily Life Stories category for World Press Photo to his name. While he has worked on a wide range of articles, including a project documenting life in slums around the world, there was a job Bendiksen hadn’t done that he wanted to cross off his bucket list: A newspaper photographer.

He writes in a Magnum Photos blog post titled “I’ve got a new job”:

We've heard it repeated countless times over the last decade: Newspapers are dying.

I don't know if it's true or not. But I do know I don't want to die without ever having worked for one of these fine purveyors of information. So I have gotten a job at one: Bladet Vesterålen, a local newspaper that comes out five times a week in the small northern Norwegian town of Sortland. Circulation: ca 8000.

Wired got in touch with Bendiksen about his move. The photojournalist told Wired’s Pete Brook:

“In much of my work, I’m often drawn to global, epic-scale issues – things that affect millions of people. I found that I was inspired to spend some time scaling down, and trying to look over time at a really small area, where nothing too obvious or dramatic was going on and to just see daily life in a fairly quiet place, one day at a time.”"

Check out more from Brook’s interview with Bendiksen on

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