Wednesday, February 03, 2010

No Place Like Home.

In a one-thing-leads-to-another Internet search I stumbled upon this amazing project called The Places We Live by Magnum Photographer Jonas Bendikson. It is an incredible digital exhibition that takes you into the homes of slum dwellers in cities all across the world. More than a third of all city residents, nearly a billion people in all, live on the outskirts of major cities in unregulated, unplanned, off-the-grid housing. Without architects to design structures, sanitation systems, police, fire, or other government services, these slums are a different world than the planned cities most of us know.

The visuals in this project are stunning. You can take virtual 360 degree tours of dwellings in India, Africa, South America, and Indonesia. There are compelling voice overs in which each home owner tells you their story. These are places most of us will never be able to see first hand, but this virtual tour provides incredible access to the lives of people living in ways most of us wouldn't think possible.

Give yourself some time and explore this phenomenal project. You will not be disappointed.

1 comment:

Rahul said...

Oh my God, Anna, you're right to call this project phenomenal.