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Nadav Kander: The Meeting


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Born in 1961, Nadav Kander lives and works in London. Selected past projects include "Yangtze - The Long River," winner of the Prix Pictet award in 2009; "Dust," which explores the vestiges of the Cold War through the radioactive ruins of secret cities between Kazakhstan and Russia; "Bodies 6 Women, 1 Man"; and "Obama's People," an acclaimed 52 portrait series commissioned by the New York Times Magazine. Kander's work is held in collections including the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the Statoil Collection, Norway. His exhibitions include those at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; the Museum of Applied Arts, Cologne; and Somerset House, London. Kander's recent awards include an Honorary Fellowship Award from the Royal Photographic Society and the Sony Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award 2019.


[Kander's] ambition is always to "make a portrait that stirs a viewer [to] ...[bring] their own story or state of mind to the picture. Many of the portraits in the book, bodies emerging out of blackness, famous faces juxtaposed with unknown subjects in rural South Africa, make just this kind of earnest demand.--Tim Adams "Guardian"
Kander's capacity to transform human encounters into outstanding portraits is showcased for the first time in The Meeting. A unique testament to the diversity and nuance of this extraordinary photographer's work its images are layered and penetrating, revealing unexpected moments of reverie and vulnerability, inviting us into Kander's innate ability to access the complex sense of self that otherwise lays hidden.--Mia Ziervogel "Art Daily News"
Many people will know Kander for his Prix Pictet-winning series Yangtze - The Long River... But, [The Meeting] proves, his portraits are just as remarkable as his epic landscapes and documentary series.--Matt Alagiah "It's Nice That"
Nadav Kander is one of the most influential photographers in the world, and a new book - The Meeting... - documents hundreds of his portraits taken over three decades. His subjects are unpredictable, from global celebrities to London market traders and South African schoolchildren.-- "Guardian"
Nadav Kander's photographs read like no others. The viewer has no choice but to feel and imagine.--Todd Cooper "Eugene Weekly"
Nadav Kander's photography is exemplary in the often staid world of celebrity portraiture, revealing more in a single image than most manage in an entire career.--Emily Gosling "Elephant"
Whether [Nadav Kander] is photographing the president of the United States, the frontman of Radiohead or the daily life of people dwelling along the banks of the Yangtze, the results are never merely descriptive. They all reflect his authorial voice, transcending mere representation of people or places to involve the viewer in the interpretive process.--Kenneth Dickerman "Washington Post"
With his minimal and intuitive approach, Kander shows his interest in universal experience, which transcends the specificity of public persona or status. His enigmatic depictions of actors, artists, musicians, authors, sports icons and political leaders...are layered and penetrating, revealing unexpected moments of reverie and vulnerability.--Mia Ziervogel "Dossier"

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