2020
The Washington Post, Text by Kenneth Dickermann
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2019
BBC News Night. Interview by Brenda Emmanus
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The Meeting - Steidl
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2017
Pan & The Dream - The Emperor's New Clothes
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Los Angeles Review of Books Interview by Michael Kurcfeld
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Photo Works
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2016
It's Nice That: Nadav Kander Artist Talk
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Professional Photography, Text by Kathrine Anker
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American SuburbX, Text by Brad Feuerhelm
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2015
Christies: Artist Nadav Kander Studio Visit
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Dust Artist Interview, Flowers Gallery , London
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It's Nice That. Text by Rob Alderson
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2014
The Strait Times, Text by Deepika Shetty
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Dust Interview, Studio International
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Dust Review - haunting and painterly. Text by Sean O'Hagan
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Dust, Flowers Gallery, London
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2013
The Guardian, Text by Jonathan Jones
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2012
Nadav Kander Interviewed by William Avedon
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Road to 2012: Aiming High, National Portrait Gallery, London
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2011
The Observer Magazine, Text by Sandy Nairne
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A Conversation with Nadav Kander by Jorg Colberg
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2010
The Guardian, Text by Sean O'Hagan
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Color Magazine, Text by Helmut Werb
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Portfolio Magazine, Text by Simon Baker
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Yangtze, The Long River Interview by Lens Culture
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2009
Hot Shoe, Interview by Bill Kouwenhoven
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Prix Pictet Announcement
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Nadav Kander in collaboration with the Royal College of Art
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2008
The Financial Times, Text by Francis Hodgson
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2007
Miedzy Nami Magazine, Interview By Jakub Mielnik
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The Washington Post, Text by Kenneth Dickermann

Slow, quiet and slightly uneasy’: The work of legendary photographer Nadav Kander
Text by Kenneth Dickermann

Nadav Kander is one of the most revered photographers working today. He is probably best known for his work in portraiture, although he is highly accomplished in other aspects of the field as well. He has photographed some of the world’s most prominent figures, from former president Barack Obama to filmmaker David Lynch to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many more.


In addition to his portrait work, Kander has also pursued more documentary projects, completing work as varied as a study of the after-effects of Chernobyl and a beautifully rendered series on China’s legendary Yangtze River. And although his work is varied, it all comes from a similar interior place. His newest book, “The Meeting” (Steidl, 2020), provides vivid testimony to that.

In a conversation, included in the book, with noted writer, curator and artist David Campany, Kander lays out what drives his photographic practice.

“I’ve walked down one road since I started photographing when I was 13. I feel I haven’t deviated at all. I still need my work to strike the same chords in me that I’ve always longed and striven for. My photographs (however varied a viewer might find them) come from the same inner place. I seem to revisit a slowed-down reality, which is very beautiful and important to me. Slow, quiet and slightly uneasy, alluding to more going on beneath what you first see. The subconscious need to express what feels meaningful and profound never goes away. I just try many ways to revisit it, to come at it from different directions.”

Those words sum up Kander’s work perfectly. Whether he 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. As Kander says, “I don’t photograph to tell stories. I photograph to make stories possible. The viewer, if they hold their gaze long enough, becomes the author of the work’s meaning.”

Kander was born in the United Kingdom, grew up in South Africa and now lives in London. His work has been published extensively and is represented in multiple collections, including those of the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.