Image credit: Michael Aisner

Image credit: Michael Aisner

As an independent radio producer for Icelandic Public Radio (RÚV) since 2011, Svavar has created over 80 hours of broadcasted shows. Themes include travels in Iceland and abroad with interviews and historical background, as well as various radio series (The Search, Time and Place, At Freezing Point) that all have a documentary foundation.

In the medium of photography Svavar has worked on longterm projects such as the Inland/Outland project (2007-), with a variety of musical collaborations, while also creating photo essays that either come from assignments or personal projects. 

Along with his own photography, he has worked as an assistant and collaborator on other people´s projects. Since 2004, Jónatansson has worked with photographer James Balog (Earth Vision Institute) who features in the Oscar nominated documentary Chasing Ice, and Kerry Koepping whose Arctic Arts project photographs the landscapes of the Arctic. Most recently Svavar has collaborated with and assisted Welsh photographer Jack Latham on the book project Sugar Paper Theories, which looks at Iceland´s most infamous murder case and the role of photography as misleading evidence. Text and further collaboration for Latham´s book was with Gísli Guðjónsson, Professor of forensic psychology at King´s College London.