Thursday, July 26, 2012

Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander, Chongqing VIII, Congqing Municipality

Nadav Kander, Mouth VII, near Shanghai

Nadav Kander, Chongqing XII, Chongqing Municipality

Nadav Kander, Yibin III, Sichuan Province

Nadav Kander, Nanjing II (Metal Palm), Jiangsu Province

Nadav Kander, Nanjing V, Jiangsu Province

Nadav Kander, Wanzhou I, Chongqing Municipality

Nadav Kander, Three Gorges Dam II< Yichang, Hubei Province

Nadav Kander, Changxing Island II, Shanghai

Nadav Kander, Xiling Gorge III, Hubei Province

Nadav Kander, Yibin I (Bathers), Sichuan Province

Nadav Kander, Mouth I (Wusongkou, Where River Meets Sea)

Nadav Kander, Chongqing VI, Chongqing Municipality

Nadav Kander, Chongqing XI, Chongqing Municipality

Nadav Kander, Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality

Nadav Kander, Changxing Island (Island of Oranges), Shanghai

Nadav Kander, Mouth VI, near Shanghai

Nadav Kander, Yivin IV, Sichuan Province

Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander is a London based photographer, artist and director, internationally renowned for his portraiture and landscapes. His work forms part of the public collection at the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Kander's work is also exhibited in numerous international galleries and museums.

Kander was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. His father flew Boeing 707s for El-Al but when he lost his eye for medical reasons he was unable to carry on flying. His parents decided to start again in South Africa and moved to Johannesburg in 1963. Kander began taking pictures when he was 13 on a Pentax camera and later when drafted into the South African Air Force, worked in a darkroom printing aerial photographs. He moved to London in 1986, where he still resides with his wife Nicole and their three children, Oren, Ella and Talia.

Kander's most celebrated images include Diver, Salt Lake, Utah 1997, in which a lone women peers out into the vast lake, and his 2009 portrait of Barack Obama photographed for The New York Times Magazine as a cover feature. Diver, Salt Lake, Utah, 1997 was also the cover image for Kander's Monograph Beauty's Nothing.

On 18 January 2009 Nadav Kander had 52 full page colour portraits published in one issue of The New York Times Magazine. These portraits (from a series titled Obama's People) were of the people surrounding President Barack Obama, from Joe Biden (Vice President) to Eugene Kang (Special Assistant to The President). The same issue also included a series of cityscapes of Washington DC also taken by Kander. This is the largest portfolio of work by the same photographer The New York Times Magazine has ever showcased in one single issue.

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biography found here



Caroline said...

I find these surprisingly serene. Except for the older couple and the dinosaurs...that made me burst out laughing!

SabinePsynopsis said...

They're incredible, and it's true, they are serene - and exciting.

Claire Kiefer said...

Is it normal to feel so sad after looking at these? Maybe it's just my mood. Though the one of the group of people under the bridge and the last one of people gathered by the river(?) don't make me sad. Maybe the other ones just strike me as lonely.

sporkgasm said...

I love the perspective of these. And the city ones that show all the smog almost made me choke. Very powerful.

Dancing Branflake said...

This is so beautiful. Interesting he served in the army as a photographer- my step-grandfather did the same and became a professional as a civilian. I love that top photo especially. So much depth in a single shot.

Lara said...

love the misty quality... especially since it's real and not instagrammy

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Cool. My first thought looking at these was this is what it would be like if suddenly there were no people even though some pics have people. Oh and thanks for commenting on my blog that's not me in the header no omg I wish, we're friends on FB Jessica Lay that's me.

diane said...

There's a "still", a sense of quiet, to all of these. It's rather alarming in the photo of the palm tree, which tells another story.
This man is a wonderful talent.

Camila Faria said...

Sooooo good. Amazing photography work. I adore the milky texture in his photos.

Lynn said...

These photos are amazing. They make me think of China. I wonder if any were taken there??? Maybe it's just the air quality.
All this AND he gets to photograph the president!

Marsi @ The Cottage Cheese said...

Wow. I could stare at these beautiful images all day.

NellieVaughn said...

I don't know why, but I look at the pictures and think Chernobyl.

Kitty Stampede said...

these are incredible...however the work 'bleak' keeps coming to mind.