Nadav Kander

Israel 1961

Photography, Figurative Art, Nature Art

Nadav Kander
Nadav Kander
February 26, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Nadav Kander, born in Israel in 1961, is a photographer, artist, and director known internationally for his landscapes and portraits. His family moved to South Africa and settled there when Kander was three years old. He began to take photographs using a Pentax camera in 1974. Artist was later drafted into the South African Army, where he worked in a dark room, printing aerial photographs.

In 1986, Kander moved to London with his wife, Nicole. His photography work, which has been celebrated worldwide, includes Diver, Salt Lake, Utah 1997 and the 2009 portrait of Barack Obama, which he photographed as a cover feature for the The New York Times Magazine. In January, 2009, Kander had his series of photographs published in an issue of the The New York Times Magazine. The series, entitled Obama’s People, featured 52 full-page color portraits published in one issue. The issue also contained cityscape photographs of Washington D.C., and became the first issue ever published in the history of the magazine to contain the largest portfolio of work by one photographer.

Kander published his first monograph, Beauty’s Nothing, in 2001. This was followed by a catalogue entitled Nadav Kander – Night, which contained nocturnal landscapes that accompanied his exhibitions in the Shine Gallery, London, and at the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. His photography can be considered part of the Photo Reportage movement, which uses photography to highlight various ongoing social issues. Hatje Cantz published Kander’s monograph, Yangtze – The Long River, in 2010. This series won the prestigious 2009 Prix Pictet Earth award. In the same year, he also won the International Photographer of the Year award at the 7th Annual Lucie Awards. Kander was  commissioned by Time to photograph Barack Obama for their Person of the Year 2012 cover and more recently HRH Prince Charles for their November 2013 cover.

He has collaborated with various galleries and museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Portrait Gallery, also in London, where his work forms the public art collection. He has exhibited worldwide at venues such as Palais de Tokyo, the Herzilya Museum of Contemporary art, Israel and the Musee De L’Elysee, Lausanne.

Kander still lives in London, UK, with his children, Ella, Talia, and Oren, and his wife.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015DustTorch Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlandssolo
2015Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern AgeBarbican, London, UKgroup
2014Curves of Moon and Rivers of BlueBlindspot Gallery, Hong Kongsolo
2014DustFlowers East Gallery, London, UKsolo
2014Yangze - The Long RiverHaggerty Museum, USAsolo
2013BODIES, 6 Women, 1 ManFlowers Gallery, London, UKsolo
2013Under My Skin: Contemporary NudesFlowers Gallery, New York, USAgroup
2013Landmark: The Fields of PhotographySomerset House, London, UKgroup
2012Yangtze – The Long RiverFlowers Gallery, New York, USAsolo
2012Uncommon GroundThe Flowers Gallery, UKgroup
2011Obamas PeopleHerzilya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israelsolo
2011Yangtze – The Long RiverForum Fur Fotografie, Cologne, Germanysolo
2011Nadav Kander : Selected Portrait's 1999 - 2011The Lowry, Manchester , Englandsolo
2011Yangtze - The long RiverCamera Work, Berlin , Germanysolo
2011Inner Condition, Portraits and Obama's peopleCAF Almeria, Spainsolo
2011Road to 2012The National Portrait Gallery, UKgroup
2011Comedians at the National Portrait GalleryThe National Portrait Gallery, UKgroup
2011PhotographyThe Flowers Gallery, London, UKgroup
2011Body GesturesHerzliya Museum of Contemporary Artgroup
2010Obama's People Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmarksolo
2010Yangtze, The Long RiverFlowers Gallery, UKsolo
2010Nadav Kander Selected, Camera WorkBerlin, Germanysolo
2010Obama’s PeopleKunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagensolo
2010Obama’s People & Richard Avedon, The FamilyThe Kennedy’s Museum, Berlin, Germanysolo
2010Prix Pictet LaureatesMusée de l’Elysée, Lausannegroup
2010Earth Prix PictetMoscow House of Photography, Russiagroup
2010Earth Prix PictetCaprice Horn Gallery, Berlin, Germanygroup
2010Earth Prix PictetEmpty Quarter Gallery, Dubaigroup
2010Earth-TracksThessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greecegroup
2010Obama’s People & Richard Avedon, The FamilyThe Kennedy’s Museum, Berlin, Germanygroup
2010A Positive ViewSomerset House, London, UKgroup
2009Obama’s PeopleFlowers Gallery, London, UKsolo
2009Obama’s PeopleBirmingham Museum & Art Gallery, UKsolo
2009EcotoneCentre National de L’audiovisual, Luxembourggroup
2009Earth Prix PictetPassage de Retz, Paris, Francegroup
2009DystopiaRobert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, UKgroup
2008Yangtze: From East to WestFlowers Gallery, London, UKsolo
2008Food and ShelterPékin Fine Arts, Beijing, Chinagroup
2007Photographic Portrait PrizeNational Portrait Gallery, London, UKgroup
2006UnknownShanghai 8th Annual Photography Festival, Shanghai Art Museum, Chinagroup
2005Keep Your DistancePalais de Tokyo, Paris, Francesolo
2005Photographic Portrait PrizeNational Portrait Gallery, London, UKgroup
2005AdieuAriel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, USAgroup
2004DreamweaversYancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USAgroup
2004Schweppes Photographic Portrait PrizeNational Portrait Gallery, London, UKgroup
2003Enchanted EveningYancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USAgroup
2002Beauty’s NothingActe 2 Gallery, Paris, Francesolo
2002H20Western Gallery, Bellingham, Washington, USA group
2002UnknownMichael Hoppen Gallery, London, UKgroup
2002My Cup of TeaProud Galleries, London UKgroup
2002DACS Exhibition CISAC 2002 World CongressQueen Exhibition II Congress Centre, Westminster, London, UKgroup
2002Signs That We ExistLeeds Metropolitan Art Gallery, Leeds, UKgroup
2002John Kobal – Ten YearsNational Portrait Gallery, London UKgroup
2001NightMichael Hoppen Gallery, London, UKsolo
2001Beauty’s NothingYancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USAsolo
2001Beauty’s NothingFahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USAsolo
2001UnknownFahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USAgroup
2001John KobalNational Portrait Gallery, London, UK group
2000A Positive ViewThe Old Truman Brewery, London, UKgroup
1998UnknownPeter Fetterman Gallery, Los Angeles, USAsolo
1998UnknownThe Photographer’s Gallery, London, UKgroup
1996UnknownMichael Hoppen Gallery, London, UKgroup
1994A Positive ViewSaatchi Gallery, London, UKgroup
1994Source de Vie ExhibitionParis, Francegroup
1994UnknownThe Royal Photographic Society, Bath, UKgroup