Nadav Kander (Israeli, b.1961) is a photographer, artist, and director known internationally for his landscapes and portraits. Kander was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, but two years later, his family moved to South Africa and settled there. He began to take photographs using a Pentax camera in 1974. He was later drafted into the South African Army, where he worked in a dark room, printing aerial photographs.

In 1986, Kander moved to London with his wife, Nicole. His photography work, which has been celebrated worldwide, includes Diver, Salt Lake, Utah 1997 and the 2009 portrait of Barack Obama, which he photographed as a cover feature for the The New York Times Magazine. In January, 2009, Kander had his series of photographs published in an issue of the The New York Times Magazine. The series, entitled Obama's People, featured 52 full-page color portraits published in one issue. The issue also contained cityscape photographs of Washington D.C., and became the first issue ever published in the history of the magazine to contain the largest portfolio of work by one photographer.

Kander published his first monograph, Beauty's Nothing, in 2001. This was followed by a catalogue entitled Nadav Kander - Night, which contained nocturnal landscapes that accompanied his exhibitions in the Shine Gallery, London, and at the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. His photography can be considered part of the Photo Reportage movement, which uses photography to highlight various ongoing social issues. Hatje Cantz published Kander's latest monograph, Yangtze - The Long River, in 2010. This series won the prestigious 2009 Prix Pictet Earth award. In the same year, he also won the International Photographer of the Year award at the 7th Annual Lucie Awards. He has collaborated with various galleries and museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Portrait Gallery, also in London, where his work forms the public art collection. Kander still lives in London, UK, with his children, Ella, Talia, and Oren, and his wife.

Timeline

1961
Born, Tel Aviv, Israel
1963
Moved to Johannesburg, South Africa
1986
Moved to London, England where he lives and works today
2002
Awarded the Royal Photographi Society's "Terrace Donovan" Award
2003
Nominated for the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize
2008
Silver Photographer of the Year at Lianzhou International Photo Festival
2009
Winner of Prix Pictet "Earth" 2009 for his work "Yangtze- The Long River" series
2009
International Photographer of the Year- Annual Lucie Awards
2011
Awarded London Awards for Art and Performance in Photography

Exhibitions

2011
Selected Portraits 1999 - 2011, The Lowry, Manchester, UK (solo)
Yangtze - The Long River, Forum fur Fotografie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Yangtze - The Long River, Camera Work Gallery, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Inner Condition, Obama's People and other Portraits, Centro Andaluz del la Fotografia, Almeria, Spain
2010
Yangtze - The Long River, m97 Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
Yangtze - The Long River, Flowers Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Selected, Camera Work Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2009
Obama’s People, Flowers Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Obama’s People, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, UK (solo)
2008
Yangtze: From East to West, Flowers Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2007
Yangtze, Work in Progress, m97 Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
2005
Keep Your Distance, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (solo)
Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
2002
Beauty’s Nothing, Acte 2 Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
2001
Night, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Beauty’s Nothing, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Beauty’s Nothing, Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA