After finishing high school in Sweden, I bought my very first Canon and a thick note book, got on the boat to Finland, train to Moscow and then jumped on the Trans-Siberian Railroad bound for Beijing via Mongolia. It was cold as hell, -40, and a little bit of an ordeal, but I loved it instantly. I stayed away half a year on that first real trip and little did I know that my destiny was shaped then and there. After university studies, with a major in anthropology, arts and sociology, I continued my travels, writing and photographing. From then on it has been my occupation.

Photography, arts, food culture and society have always fascinated me. I started my own fanzine and wrote music critic for my local paper early on, carrying around my typewriter wherever I went (this was in the predigital age, my daughters would say in the Stone Age…). I went on with photography studies at GFU, Stockholm and film studies at ICP (International Center of Photography) in New York. I have worked as a movie-, literature- and art critic for many years. I have been writing about food culture all my life, I always think the best way to understand a society is to take place at the table and eat with the people I visit. Nothing unites like food, nothing makes people open there hearts and minds more. Feature stories is what I do most. I have been contributing to publications and organisations like Unicef and UN with stories from remote areas around the world, for magazines and newspapers in Scandinavia, Mexico, Australia and USA. I have written five books, started the magazine American Trails.

Its been quite a journey and it will continue – I feel I am just getting more and more curious. Its pretty easy to summarize it all – people, places and passions.

For purchase of articles and photos, collaboration ideas or other matters, contact me at: info@jonashenningsson.se , or +46 733928499. Or come visit me in Stockholm or on the island of Öland, Sweden!


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