Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"The Places We Live"

Eye-opening site, photos and book by Jonas Bendiksen:

In 2008 more people live in cities than in rural areas. One third of city dwellers, more than a billion people, live in slums. In The Places We Live, Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen presents sixteen homes in four different slum areas: Caracas, Venezuela; Mumbai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and Jakarta, Indonesia...

"In 2008, for the first time in history, more people will live in cities than in rural areas.

One-third of these urban dwellers - More than 1 billion people - live in slums.

The United Nations forecasts that the number of slum dwellers will double within the next 25 years. Urban slums are the world's fastest-growing human habitat."

More at the Aperture Foundation website here and buy the book here.

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