Israeli / British, born 1961
Nadav Kander is a London-based photographer, artist and director, renowned for his large-format landscapes and portraiture. Kander was born in Israel, grew up in Johannesburg and moved to London in 1980’s where he currently lives and works.
Selected past projects include Yangtze – The Long River, winner of the Prix Pictet award in 2009; God’s Country, a study of the commercialized landscapes and rural communities of the American West; The Pause, a response to the Covid-19 pandemic; Dust, which explored the vestiges of the Cold War through the radioactive ruins of secret cities on the border 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. His ongoing series, Dark Line – The Thames Estuary, is a personal reflection on the landscape of the River Thames at its point of connection with the sea, through atmospheric images of its slow-moving dark waters and seemingly infinite horizons. In 2019 Steidl published The Meeting, the first monograph dedicated to his portraiture, capturing his enigmatic depictions of cultural figures as well as unknown sitters.
In 2012, Nadav Kander exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London with a series of portraits celebrating London’s hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2014 Kander was included in Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age, an exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London, and toured, which explored the ability of architectural photography to reveal wider truths about our society. Kander’s work is housed in public collections including National Portrait Gallery, London, UK; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA; Marta Herford Museum, Germany; Sheldon Museum, Lincoln, USA; The Frank-Suss Collection, London, New York and Hong Kong; and Statoil Collection, Norway. He has exhibited internationally at venues including Weserburg Museum, Germany; Musée de L’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA; Museum of Applied Arts, Cologne, Germany; The Barbican Centre, London, UK; Somerset House, London, UK; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; and the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel. Recent fellowships and awards include an Honorary Fellowship Award from the Royal Photographic Society and in 2019 was the recipient of the World Photography Organization’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography.