Biography

Nadav Kander is an internationally renowned photographer, director, and artist based in London. Consistently among the top-ranking advertising photographers in Lürzer’s Archive, he has collaborated with clients across all categories (from finance, travel & leisure, and entertainment, to alcoholic beverages and sports brands, to fashion). "It’s not about a style of photography or a particular image," a creative director at Fallon once noted when asked why he selected Nadav for a campaign. "It’s about an understanding of what needs to be communicated—and Nadav is the best."

Nadav is also one of the most sought-after portrait photographers working today, commissioned by everyone from Time magazine to the National Portrait Gallery. His subjects range from political figures such as Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, and Tony Blair to celebrities, directors, and musicians such as Brad Pitt, Tim Burton, and Paul McCartney. "It’s important that I don’t repeat the way they’ve been photographed previously," says of his approach to photographing familiar faces. "I like to find something new to reveal to show them in a new light."

Nadav has received numerous honors for his editorial, advertising, and fine-art work: In addition to being named International Photographer of the Year at the Lucie Awards and winning the Prix Pictet for his series "Yangtze, The Long River," he has received awards from the Art Director’s Club, IPA, D&AD, John Kobal Foundation, Epica, and the Royal Photographic Society. His work has been widely exhibited worldwide and is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

His recent monographs include "Dust," which explores the vestiges of the Cold War through the radioactive ruins of secret cities on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia; "Bodies: 6 Women, 1 Man," nude portraits of men and women that evoke Renaissance paintings and are imbued with mystery; and the award-winning "Yangtze, the Long River," which uses China’s main artery as a metaphor for constant, overwhelming change. Nadav is represented by Flowers Gallery in London and New York, m97 Gallery in Shanghai, Camera Work AG in Berlin, and Edwynn Houk Gallery in Zurich.

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