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About the Artist

Born in Tel Aviv, brought up in South Africa. Nadav began taking photographs at the age of thirteen having bought his first camera with his Bar Mitzva money. Later, when called up for National Service he spent his time in the air force developing aerial photographs and it was then that he became absolutely certain of his desire to be a photographer. He moved to London when he was twenty one. Established a studio four years later and went on to become one of his generation’s most successful photographers, internationally celebrated for his portraiture and landscapes. Commissioned by a vast range of global clients and publications, he has been exhibited worldwide and is included in prestigious International collections such as The National Portrait Gallery, London, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. He was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Terence Donovan Award in 2005 & 2009 and the prestigious Prix Pictet Award in 2009. Numerous monographs of his work have been published and his portrait series, ‘Obama’s People’ retains the position of being the largest portfolio by any one photographer, to be published in a single issue of the New York Times Magazine. He continues to live and work in London.

Client List

  • Absolut Vodka
  • Adidas
  • Air France
  • American Airlines
  • Amnesty International
  • Bacardi
  • Barnardos
  • British Airways
  • BMW
  • Burjuman
  • Cartier
  • Champion
  • Charles Worthington
  • Cinemax
  • Dell
  • Department of Health
  • Dodge
  • English National Ballet
  • Fedex
  • Guinness
  • Heals
  • Heineken
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • HSBC
  • Issey Miyake
  • John Lewis
  • Land Rover
  • Levi's
  • Lexus
  • Libertys
  • Marriott
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nicole Farhi
  • Nike
  • Norton
  • Orange
  • Orbit Gum
  • Powerade
  • Puma
  • Qantas
  • Reebok
  • Renault
  • Tag Heuer
  • The National Theatre
  • TNT
  • Samsung
  • Sky Sports
  • Sony
  • St John's Ambulance
  • Umbro
  • Volkswagen

Books

Dust
Hatje Cantz
2014

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.

Bodies. 6 Women, 1 Man
Hatje Cantz
2013

Nadav Kander was inspired by ideas of Elizabethan purity to create these stunning photographic portraits of six nude females and one male. Terms such as “sculptural” and “monumental” are often applied to artworks that are neither. But Kander has created an unnerving stone-like serenity in these portraits.

Stern Fotografie Portfolio No. 69
teNeues
2012

“a long-overdue tribute to one of the most varied photographers of his generation” notes the publisher.This 96-page book features selections from Kander’s vast range of photography—nudes, portraits, landscapes, his Yangtze project, and more.

Obama’s People
Flowers East
2009

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.

Yangtze, The Long River
Hatje Cantz
2010

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. As Kander himself says: “China is a nation that appears to be severing its roots by destroying its past in the wake of the sheer force of its moving ‘forward’ at such an astounding and unnatural pace. People scarring their country, and a country scarring its people.“

German Photobook Award in Gold 2011

Beauty’s Nothing
Arena Editions
2001

‘Beauty’s Nothing’ is composed of chapters of images, interleaved with short stories, poems, and essays, each responding to a particular image or section. Each sequence elaborates a narrative, at times driven by the commissioned texts and often arising from the friction between two dissociated images.

Exhibitions & Events

Solo Exhibitions

2017
‘Dark Line - The Thames Estuary’
Flowers GalleryLondon
2016
‘Dust’
Flowers GalleryNew York
2014
‘Dust’
Torch GalleryAmsterdam, The Netherlands
2014
‘Dust’
Les Recontres d’ArlesFrance
2014
‘Dust’
Flowers GalleryLondon
2014
Nadav Kander - 49 Works
Nanyang Academy of Fine ArtsSingapore
2014
‘Curves of Moon and Rivers of Blue’
Blindspot GalleryHong Kong
2014
‘Yangtze - The Long River’
Haggerty MuseumUSA
2013
‘Bodies. 6 Woman, 1 Man’
Flowers GalleryLondon
2012
‘Yangtze - The Long River’
Edwin Houk GalleryZurich
2012
‘Yangtze - The Long River’
Flowers GalleryNew York
2012
‘Bodies. 6 Woman, 1 Man’
Festival ImagesVevey, Switzerland
2011
‘Yangtze - The Long River’
Forum Fur FotografieCologne, Germany
2011
‘Selected Portraits 1999 - 2011’
The LowryManchester, UK
2011
‘Inner Condition - Obama’s People and Other Portraits’
Centro Adaluz de la FotografiaAlmeria, Spain
2011
‘Yangtze - The Long River’
Camera Work GalleryBerlin, Germany
2010
‘Yangtze - The Long River’
M97 GalleryShanghai, China
2010
‘Yangtze - The Long River’
Flowers GalleryLondon
2010
‘Selected Works’
Camera Work GalleryBerlin, Germany
2010
‘Obama’s People’
Kunsthallen NikolajCopenhagen, Denmark
2009
‘Obama’s People’
Flowers GalleryLondon
2008
Yangtze: From East to West
Flowers GalleryLondon UK
2005
‘Keep Your Distance’
Palais de TokyoParis, France
2002
‘Beauty’s Nothing’
Acte 2 GalleryParis, France
2001
‘Night’
Michael Hoppen GalleryLondon
2001
‘Beauty’s Nothing
Fahey Klein GalleryLos Angeles, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
‘Powerful Tides: 400 years of Chatham and the Sea’
Historical DockyardChatham
2017
‘Looking Good: The Male Gaze from Van Deck to Lucian Freud’
Scottish National Portrait GalleryEdinburgh, Scotland
2017
‘Proof of Life / Lebenszeichen’
Weserburg MuseumGermany
2017
‘Britain in Focus: A Photographic History’
National Media MuseumUK
2016
‘Prix Pictet Laureates’
Mouravieff- Apostle House & MuseumMoscow
2015
‘Grace of Intention: Photography, Architecture and the Monument
Museum of Contemporary PhotographyChicago
2015
‘Human Nature’
Flowers GalleryLondon
2015
‘Small is Beautiful’
Flowers GalleryNew York
2014
‘Interiors’
Flowers GalleryNew York
2014
‘Constructing Worlds - Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age’
Barbican Art GalleryLondon
2014
‘Dust - Les Recontres de la Photographie’
Arles, France
2013
‘Under my Skin’
Flowers GalleryNew York
2013
‘Landmark: Fields of Photography’
Somerset HouseLondon
2012
‘Small is Beautiful’
Flowers GalleryLondon
2012
‘Architektur Photographie Made in China’
MAKK CologneCologne, Germany
2012
‘Road to 2012’
National Portrait GalleryLondon
2012
‘Summer Exhibition’
Royal AcademyLondon
2011
‘Metropolis’
Noorderlicht Photo FestivalThe Netherlands
2011
‘Body Gestures’
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary ArtIsrael
2011
‘Coal & Ice’
Three Shadow Space GalleryBeijing, China
2011
‘Infinite Balance: Artists and the Environment’
Museum of Photographic ArtsSan Diego
2011
‘Summer Exhibition’
Royal AcademyLondon
2010
‘Prix Pictet Laureates’
Musée de l’ElyséeLausanne, Switzerland
2010
‘Earth Prix Pictet’
Moscow House of PhotographyMoscow, Russia
2010
‘Earth Prix Pictet’
Caprice Horn GalleryBerlin, Germany
2010
‘Earth Prix Pictet’
Empty Quarter GalleryDubai
2010
‘A Positive View’
Somerset HouseLondon
2010
‘Summer Exhibition’
Royal AcademyLondon
2010
‘Earth Prix Pictet’
Thessalonika Museum of PhotographyGreece
2009
‘Ecotone’
Centre National de L’audiovisualLuxemburg
2009
‘Dystopia’
Robert Koch GallerySan Francisco, USA
2009
‘Photo of the Month’
National Portrait GalleryLondon, UK
2008
‘Lianzhou International Photo Festival’
Lianzhou, China
2008
‘Food & Shelter’
Pékin Fine ArtsBeijing, China
2007
‘The Photographic Portrait Prize’
National Portrait GalleryLondon, UK
2006
Shanghai 8th Annual Photography Festival
Shanghai Art MuseumShanghai, China
2005
‘Photographic Portrait Prize’
National Portrait GalleryLondon, UK
2005
‘Adieu’
Ariel Meyerowitz GalleryNew York, USA
2004
‘Dreamweavers’
Yancey Richardson GalleryNew York
2004
‘Photographic Portrait Prize’
National Portrait GalleryLondon
2003
‘Enchanted Evening’
Yancey Richardson GalleryNew York
2002
‘My Cup of Tea’
Proud GalleriesLondon
2002
‘Photographic Portrait Prize’
National Portrait GalleryLondon
2002
‘Signs that we Exist’
Leeds Metropolitan Art GalleryLeeds, UK
2001
‘Beauty’s Nothing’
Fahey Klein GalleryLos Angeles, USA
2001
‘Photographic Portrait Prize’
National Portrait GalleryLondon, UK
2000
‘A Positive View’
The Old Truman BreweryLondon
1994
‘A Positive View’
Saatchi GalleryLondon

Awards & Prizes

2015
‘Honorary Fellowship’
The Royal Photographic SocietyUK
2013
World Press Photo Awards - Staged Portraits, 1st Prize
2012
‘International Photography Awards - Editorial and Advertising’
2009
‘Prix Pictet Earth- Winner’
2009
‘7th Annual Lucie Awards - International Photographer of the Year’
2008
Silver Photographer of The Year Award
Lianzhou International Photo FestivalChina
2007
‘The Royal Photographic Society Terence Donovan Award’
UK
2005
‘The Royal Photographic Society Terence Donovan Award’
1997
Fujifilm Award Winner