Beauty's Nothing

May 2001

Fahey Klein Gallery
148 North La Brea
Los Angeles 90036
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The Fahey / Klein Gallery is pleased to present the photographs of Nadav Kander in his first Los Angeles exhibition.  The exhibition will include disconcerting explorations through genres diverse as portraiture, landscape, and still life from his recent publication Beauty’s Nothing (Arena Editions).

Nadav Kander utilizes conventional black and white photography as well as rich colour to produce his images.  ‘Kander employs the seductive charm of aestheticism to expose our inconsistent response to the female nude, to probe questions of morality and desire in a series of Cuban prostitutes, and to manifest the fragile imbalances of the American landscape with its endlessly repeating artifice at the edge of vast emptiness.’ (Arena Editions)

“All of my pictures, the ones that have anything of me in them, tend to be quiet, still … I like the edge of oddness in my work: a simple but slightly jarred composition, a delicately surreal detail, a feeling of friction.”  Kander says of his work.

Concentrating his travels mainly in America, which Kander says has become the signifier for culture and identity, he searches for images that are both powerful and ordinary. “… there is no view left unphotographed, no spot where the footprint of the tripod has not left its mark … vantage points certain to secure and idyllic representation … their familiarity gives emphatic resonance to the power of these images … is about where you stand with the camera …” (Michael Mack, Arena Editions)

Kander’s relationship with the image goes beyond the process of clicking the camera’s shutter, it is also in the printing.  ‘Taking pictures and printing have always been interlocked for me.  I print everything including colour. If someone else printed my work, it would be like reading three-quarters of a good book then giving it to a friend to finish it off for me. There’s so much more you can do in the printing, often more than in the shoot', he says.