A London based artist, director and photographer, Nadav Kander, is notorious for landscapes and portraiture. Kander started taking an interest in photography at the age of 13. He used the Pentax camera to take pictures. His parents moved to South Africa and when Kander got the chance to be in the South African air force, he worked in a darkroom producing aerial images. In 1986, he went to London and he still resides there with Nicoles (wife) and three children.
The best known photos by Kander are photos from 1997 Diver, Salt Lake, Utah; and a portrait of American President Barack Obama for The New York Times Magazine for a cover feature.
In 2001, Beauty’s Nothing, the first monograph was published by Kander. Then a catalogue of landscapes, Nadav Kander – Night was made accompanied with his exhibitions at Shine Gallery, London and Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York.
In January 2009, The New York Times Magazine published fifty-two color portraits by Kander in their one issue. The pictures were of the people surrounding Obama, such as Eugene Kang, assistant to president and Joe Biden, vice president. The project was titled, Obama’s People. This issue also presented the cityscapes of the capital city, Washington D.C, taken by Nadav Kander. In this single issue, the magazine has published the most photos by one photographer.
Nadav Kander has photographed many popular personalities, such as Giorgio Armani, David Bekham, Tony Blair, Lilly Allen, David Cameron, Tom Dixon, Anne Marie-Duff, Rebecca Hall, Michael Jackson, Sophia Loren, Alexander McQueen, Larry King, Brad Pitt, Sir Paul Smith, Charlie Watts, Robbie Williams, and several others.
His work has been publicly displayed in Victoria and Albert Museum in London; National Portrait Gallery in London; Photography Museum, Lianzhou, China; and The Franks-Suss Collection Art Gallery in Australia.
Kander’s clients for commercial photography campaigns/projects have been many among which some are, Rolex, Puma, Nike, Adidas, Honda, Hyundai, Guinness, Bacardi, Lexus, Volkswagen, American Airlines, Cartier, and HSBC.
Kander’s work has been published in Beaux Art, UK Esquire, ESPN Magazine, Q Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Telegraph Magazine, The Financial Times, Dazed & Confused, GQ America and Italy, Nomenus Quartely Magazine and many more.
Images by Nadav Kander reveal sensibility that is strange and paradoxical. Through his work he shows profound concern for the humankind. Just like the archaeologists, he creates an influential sense of characteristic through relics from the civilization. These artifacts disclose the reality of humans.
From 1998 to 2013, Kander has had twenty solo exhibitions of his work in different parts of the world, like USA, China, France, Britain, Germany etc. In addition, he did forty-one group exhibitions between 1994 and 2013.
In 2009, Nadav Kander became the winner of Prix Pictet ‘Earth’ for Yangtze – The Long River. He was picked from a list of twelve nominees. The award was given by Honorary President, Kofi Annan, at the Passage de Retz in Paris.
In the same year, at the seventh Annual Lucie Awards, he was given the title of International Photographer of the Year. Then, he received the Terence Donovan Award in 2002 by the Royal Photographic Society. In 2003, he was chosen for the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize. Later, in 2008 he was given the Silver Photographer of the Year Award in China at the Lianzhou International Photo Festival. Nadav Kander won Art and Performance Award in London in 2011.