Through this new series of fascinating pictures, Kander continues his exploration of the darker side of our nature, of mankind. He writes how the ticking of the Geiger counter on his belt while he photographed reminded him that he should not become too enthralled with the aesthetic and painterly allure of the crumbling ruins. As Will Self writes about Kander's pictures in his introduction to the book, "these images do not make beautiful what is not, they ask of us that we repurpose ourselves to accept a new order of both the beautiful and the real."--The Editors "L'oeil de la Photographie "
The pictures in Nadav Kander's DUST (Hatje Cantz) were made at nuclear test sites on the border between Russia and Kaakhstan that the Soviets had bulldozed, abandoned, and wiped off their maps. Kander says he's drawn to ruins for their combination of beauty and melancholy and theres plenty of both in these contaminated sites and waht remains of a nearby inland sea, once vast, now drained and desolate.--Vince Aletti "Photograph Magazine "