The Meeting

Essay by Ian McEwan, David Lynch and David Campany in conversation with the artist
2019, 324pp
ISBN 978-3-95829-615-2

Regardless of his sitter - whether family member or influential celebrity - Nadav Kander’s portraiture shows what makes that particular individual human. His aim is to move beyond capturing an accurate likeness - to access the emotions within, the uncertainty, the shadow as much as the light, the complex sense of self that otherwise lays hidden. “Revealed and concealed, beauty and destruction, ease and disease, shame and shameless,” explains Kander, “These paradoxes are essential to all my work and represent what is common to all my varied subject matter…” This collection,...

Dark Line – The Thames Estuary
Flowers Gallery

Essay by Nadav Kander
2018, 62pp
21.2 x 34.00cm
ISBN 978-1-906412-81-4

Nadav Kander’s on-going series, Dark Line – The Thames Estuary, is a personal reflection 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. Travelling to the estuary alone over a period of three years, engaging in his process of slow photography, Kander focuses on the cycle of the river, as well as its historical and mystical implications. Immersive, the resulting images explore photography’s ability to encapsulate time and physical borders.Once known as the busiest trading route in the...

Hatje Cantz

Essays by Nadav Kander, Will Self, with a poem by Ted Hughes, graphic design by Tappin Gofton
2014. 120 pp., 48 ills.
27.80 x 34.50 cm
ISBN 978-3-7757-3843-9

When Nadav Kander learned of the existence of two “closed” cities on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia, he knew that he would have to visit them. For Dust he photographed the desolated landscapes of the Aral Sea and captured fascinating images of the restricted military zones of Priozersk and Kurtchatov, which did not appear on any map until well after the end of the Cold War. Long-distance missiles were tested in Priozersk under great secrecy. Hundreds of atomic bombs were detonated in the so-called Poly­gon near Kurchatov until the program ended in 1989. The bombs were exploded...

Bodies 6 Women. 1 Man
Hatje Cantz

Essays by Peter Aspden, Charles Pickstone in conversation with the artist, graphic design by Tappin Gofton
2013. 136 pp., 30 ills
28.00 x 39.10 cm
ISBN 978-3-7757-3449-3

Nude bodies painted white, faces turned away from the viewer: this is how Nadav Kander photographed the sitters. Accessories are minimal, as is the aesthetic, yet at the same time the arrangement makes the mostly voluptuous bodies seem baroque. One is reminded of the portraits of Elizabeth I with their white lead “masks.” In Kander’s precisely lit images, with their exquisite colors, white mice run across white skin, a small bird seems tiny perched next to an odalisque. Red hair plays a role, flowing down over doll-like bodies as if it had a life of its own. Despite the abundance of...

Yangtze – The Long River
Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, Germany

Introduction by Kofi Annan, essays by Nadav Kander, Jean Paul Tchang, graphic design by Tappin Gofton,
German, English.
2010. 188 pp., 77 color ills.
34.80 x 27.70 cm
ISBN 978-3-7757-2683-2

Nadav Kander creates images in an age of radical change: in a series awarded the famed Prix Pictet in 2009, he photographed China in the process of revolution. Traveling along the Yangtze River, he took serene pictures of people haplessly facing overwhelming change. In these pictures, the river—China’s main artery—becomes a metaphor of constant transformation. The tiny figure of a mother with a baby in her arms leans against a huge bridge piling, and one cannot help but wonder what the country will look like when this child is an adult. There are still traces of the old China,...

Stern FOTOGRAFIE Portfolio No. 69
teNeues Publishing

96 pp., Hardcover
45 color and 10 b/w photographs
Text in English and German
Item No.: 00070
ISBN: 978-3-652-00070-3
Format: 10 5/8 x 14 1/6 in.

Nadav Kander’s work is a varied interplay of influences. His restrained and articulate compositions have a clarity and calm that draw the viewer into zen-like states. The London-based photographer’s exceptional talent has been rewarded with major success, and his work is featured in the The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Time and The New Yorker among other publications. His unique skill is especially manifest in his spare and muted landscapes and his straight portraits. The Yangtze, The Long River work was awarded the second Prix Pictet. His Obama’s People feature—which he...

Obama's People

Essays: Francis Hodgson (Author), Gerald Marzorati (Author)
Page Count: 79
Publisher: Flowers
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1906412278
ISBN-13: 978-1906412272
Product Dimensions: 25 x 13 x 31 cm

Formal and frank, yet playful and stylised, Nadav Kander’s individual portraits of the 53 members of President Obama’s cabinet constitute one of the most significant commissioned photographic series of the decade. This epochal body of work amplifies the quiet communication between artist and sitter, as the photographer conjures the characters of his subjects through a unique appreciation of the theatricality of detail and expression. The New York Times Director of Photography, Kathy Ryan, approached Kander with Richard Avedon’s 1976 project for Rolling Stone Magazine, The Family, as a...

Beauty's Nothing
Arena Editions

Hardcover: 192 pages
Essays by Nick Cave, Gerard Malanga, Peter Carey, Julia Alvarez, and John Yau.
Publisher: Arena Editions,U.S.; First Edition edition (27 Feb. 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1892041405
ISBN-13: 978-1892041401
Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 24.9 x 2.4 cm

Beauty’s Nothing, my first book published in 2001. It contains works photographed over the previous 11 years. The title references the Rainer Maria Rilke poem Duino Elegies.The quote from this poem, has a resonance with in me. “For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so, because it serenely disdains to destroy us”. In 2000, I wanted to book end my work up to that point. Books have the power to encapsulate a body of work and put a full stop after the last picture. I have found that this "puts to bed” the work and lets me...

Shine Gallery

A 64–page catalogue edited by Michael Mack with an introduction by Charlotte Cotton of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Catalogue ISBN 0954132408

Walls of Darkness by Charlotte Cotton This photographic project began for Nadav Kander with Last Car, El Paso, Texas 1998. The image represents for him the sought after moment when a photograph you have created surprises you with its direct, partially innocent, nourishing of something internally, relying on photography’s capacity to fuse elements of the external world with the maker’s state of being. These are rare images, realised before their time, before their creator is fully conscious of the direction that they will take his thought and practice.In this series a relationship is...