Nadav Kander

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Nadav Kander
Born (1961-12-01) December 1, 1961 (age 53)
Known for Photography, Artist, Director

Nadav Kander (born 1961) is a London-based photographer, artist and director, known for his portraiture and landscapes. His work is included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and other galleries and museums.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

His father flew Boeing 707s for El-Al but lost his eye and was unable to continue flying. His parents decided to start again in South Africa and moved to Johannesburg in 1963. Kander began taking pictures when he was 13 on a Pentax camera. After being drafted into the South African Air Force, Kander worked in a darkroom printing aerial photographs. He moved to London in 1986, where he still resides with his wife Nicole and their three children.[1]


Kander's best known images include Diver, Salt Lake, Utah 1997, in which a lone women peers out into the vast lake, and his 2009 portrait of Barack Obama photographed for The New York Times Magazine as a cover feature.

On 18 January 2009 Nadav Kander had 52 full page colour portraits published in one issue of The New York Times Magazine. These portraits (from a series titled Obama's People) were of the people surrounding President Barack Obama, from Joe Biden (Vice President) to Eugene Kang (Special Assistant to The President). The same issue also included a series of cityscapes of Washington DC also taken by Kander. This is the largest portfolio of work by the same photographer The New York Times Magazine has ever showcased in one single issue.[3]


Kander published his first monograph, Beauty’s Nothing (Arena Editions) in 2001. He followed up the book with a catalogue of nocturnal landscapes entitled Nadav Kander – Night which accompanied his exhibitions at the Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York and Shine Gallery, London. Flowers Gallery[4] published Obama's People to accompany the solo exhibition. Yangtze - The Long River was published by Hatje Cantz[5] in September 2010. Bodies.6 Women.1 Man, was published by Hatje Cantz in February 2013.[6]


Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 1998 Peter Fetterman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2001
    • Beauty’s Nothing, Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
    • Beauty’s Nothing, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USA
    • Night, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK
  • 2002 Beauty’s Nothing, Acte 2 Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2005 Keep Your Distance, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
  • 2007 Yangtze, Work in Progress, m97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • 2008 Yangtze: From East to West, Flowers Gallery, London, UK
  • 2009
    • Obama’s People, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, UK
    • Obama’s People, Flowers Gallery, London, UK
  • 2010
    • Selected, Camera Work Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    • Yangtze - The Long River, Flowers Gallery, London, UK
    • Yangtze - The Long River, m97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • 2011
    • Inner Condition, Obama's People and other Portraits, Centro Andaluz del la Fotografia, Almeria, Spain
    • Yangtze - The Long River, Camera Work Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    • Yangtze - The Long River, Forum fur Fotografie, Cologne, Germany
    • Selected Portraits 1999 - 2011, The Lowry, Manchester, UK
  • 2012
    • Bodies. 6 Women, 1 Man. Festival Images, Vevey, Switzerland
    • Yangtze - The Long River, Flowers Gallery, New York
  • 2013 Bodies. 6 Women, 1 Man, Flowers Gallery, London

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

  • 1994 The Royal Photographic Society, Bath, UK
  • 1994
    • Source de Vie Exhibition, Paris, France
    • A Positive View, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
  • 1996 Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK
  • 1998 The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK
  • 2000 A Positive View, The Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
  • 2001
    • John Kobal, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (selected 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994) Fujifilm Award Winner 1997
    • Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2002
    • John Kobal – Ten Years, National Portrait Gallery, London UK
    • Signs That We Exist, Leeds Metropolitan Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
    • DACS Exhibition CISAC 2002 World Congress Queen Exhibition II Congress Centre, Westminster, London UK
    • My Cup of Tea, Proud Galleries, London UK
    • Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK
    • H20, Western Gallery, Bellingham, Washington, USA Touring to other US Galleries during 2003
  • 2003 Enchanted Evening, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2004
    • Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
    • Dreamweavers, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2005
    • Adieu, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, USA
    • Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2006 Shanghai 8th Annual Photography Festival, Shanghai Art Museum, China
  • 2007 Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2008
    • Food and Shelter, Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, China
    • Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China
  • 2008/9 Photo of the Month National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2009
    • Dystopia, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, USA
    • Melt Down, Flowers Gallery, London UK
    • Earth: Yangtze, The Long River, Prix Pictet Awards, Purdy Hicks, Gallery London, UK touring to Passage de Retz Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2010
    • Obama’s People Nadav Kander/ The Family Richard Avedon, The Kennedy Museum, Berlin, Germany
    • Flowers Galleries, London together with Edward Burtynsky and Robert Polidori
  • 2010/11 Yangtze - The Long River, together with Pripyat and Chernobyl Robert Polidori Camera Work Gallery, Berlin
  • 2011
    • Body Gestures showcasing Obama's People/Nadav Kander together with works by William Cobbing, Thomas Hirschhorn amongst others, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel
    • Metropolis, Noorderlicht Photo Festival 2011, The Netherlands
  • 2012
    • Photography Selection, Flowers Galleries, London, UK
    • Hollywood In Style, Camerawork Gallery, Berlin
    • Darmstadter Tag der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany
    • Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London UK
    • Uncommon Ground, Flowers Galleries, London UK
    • Road to 2012, National Portrait Gallery, London UK
    • World in London, The Photographers Gallery, London UK
    • Yangtze - The Long River, Museum of Applied Arts (MAKK), Cologne
  • 2013 Landmark: the Fields of Photography, Somerset House, London


In October 2009 Kander was announced as the winner of the Prix Pictet 'Earth' 2009 for his Yangtze - The Long River series. He was chosen from a shortlist of 12 nominees that included Ed Kashi, Andreas Gursky and Naoya Hatakeyama. The award was presented in Paris at the Passage de Retz by Kofi Annan, Honorary President of the Prix Pictet.

He was named International Photographer of the Year at the 7th Annual Lucie Awards in 2009 and has also received awards from Art Director’s Club and IPA in the USA, from the D&AD and the John Kobal Foundation in the UK and Epica in Europe. He was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s ‘Terence Donovan’ Award in 2002 and was nominated for the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize in 2003. In 2008 he was awarded the Silver Photographer of the Year at the Lianzhou International Photo Festival in China.

He won the photography category of the 2011 London Awards for Art and Performance.


  • Hogson, F. and Marzorati, G. (2009) Nadav Kander: Obama’s People. Flowers East, London.
  • Kander, N. and Tchang, J. P. (2010) Nadav Kander: Yangtze, The Long River. Hatje Cantz.
  • Kander, N. (2012) Nadav Kander: Bodies 6 Women 1 Man: Inner Condition. Hatje Cantz.

Contributions to publications[edit]

  • Contatti. Provini d'Autore = Choosing the best photo by using the contact sheet. Vol. II. Edited by Giammaria De Gasperis. Rome: Postcart, 2013. ISBN 978-88-98391-01-1.


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