Nadav Kander: The Meeting
It's no mystery why he is regularly hired by the New York Times Magazine ... Kander strives to reveal something in his subjects that has not been seen before, and to humanize rather than flatter or ingratiate. -Los Angeles Review of Books
Regardless of his sitter--whether family member or influential celebrity--the portraiture of London-based photographer Nadav Kander (born 1961) 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, the first book dedicated to his portraiture, shows the range and nuance of Kander's work. His enigmatic depictions of actors, artists, musicians, authors, sports icons and political leaders--from Barack Obama, John le Carr and Alexander McQueen to Tracey Emin, Robert Plant and Prince Charles--are layered and penetrating, revealing unexpected moments of reverie and vulnerability.Born in 1961, Nadav Kander lives and works in London. His work is held in collections including the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the Statoil Collection, Norway. His exhibitions include those at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; the Museum of Applied Arts, Cologne; and Somerset House, London.
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About the Author
Ian McEwan is the author of a number of novels and short story collections for adults, including First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, The Comfort of Strangers, which was nominated for the Booker Prize, Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize, and his latest novel, Atonement, which was also nominated for the Booker Prize and is a New York Times best-selling title. The Daydreamer is his first book for young readers. He lives in London, England.
Nadav Kander's photographs read like no others. The viewer has no choice but to feel and imagine.--Todd Cooper "Eugene Weekly"
Whether [Nadav Kander] 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.--Kenneth Dickerman "Washington Post"
Nadav Kander's photography is exemplary in the often staid world of celebrity portraiture, revealing more in a single image than most manage in an entire career.--Emily Gosling "Elephant"
With his minimal and intuitive approach, Kander shows his interest in universal experience, which transcends the specificity of public persona or status. His enigmatic depictions of actors, artists, musicians, authors, sports icons and political leaders...are layered and penetrating, revealing unexpected moments of reverie and vulnerability.--Mia Ziervogel "Dossier"
Kander's capacity to transform human encounters into outstanding portraits is showcased for the first time in The Meeting. A unique testament to the diversity and nuance of this extraordinary photographer's work its images are layered and penetrating, revealing unexpected moments of reverie and vulnerability, inviting us into Kander's innate ability to access the complex sense of self that otherwise lays hidden.--Mia Ziervogel "Art Daily News"
[Kander's] ambition is always to "make a portrait that stirs a viewer [to] ...[bring] their own story or state of mind to the picture. Many of the portraits in the book, bodies emerging out of blackness, famous faces juxtaposed with unknown subjects in rural South Africa, make just this kind of earnest demand.--Tim Adams "Guardian"
Many people will know Kander for his Prix Pictet-winning series Yangtze - The Long River... But, [The Meeting] proves, his portraits are just as remarkable as his epic landscapes and documentary series.--Matt Alagiah "It's Nice That"