All posts tagged: Nadav Kander

Andrea Grützner wins the ING Unseen Talent Award and €10,000

German photographer Andrea Grützner, who was born in 1984, has won the ING Unseen Talent Award with her series Hive. She now wins €10,000 to develop a new project and, along with the other shortlisted photographers, the opportunity to develop her work under the guidance of Nadav Kander, the UK-based photographer best-known for his huge commission for The New York Times Magazine, Obama’s People.

2017-09-25T13:41:20+00:00

Awards: Five finalists for the ING Unseen Talent Award 2017

The ING Unseen Talent Award is one of the most generous prizes out there for young photographers, with a €10,000 fund to make new work up for grabs, plus mentoring from Nadav Kander and a group show at Unseen Amsterdam for all the finalists. This year, the five shortlisted artists are: Alexandra Lethbridge (b. 1987, UK); Tom Callemin (b. 1991, Belgium); Andrea Grützner (b. 1984, Germany); Robin Lopvet (b. 1990, France); and Stefanie Moshammer (b. 1988, Austria).

2017-07-18T15:25:00+00:00

How do you speak Nadav Kander? The man himself on mastering your creative language

British Journal of Photography caught up with Nadav Kander ahead of his appearance at The Photography Show 2017 in Birmingham. Conversation quickly turned to his recent much debated image of Donald Trump. Normally when Nadav Kander turns up to shoot a portrait, the only thing he’s thought through beforehand is the lighting. But Donald Trump was different. “I was really divided about how I should do it – how to do this TIME cover justice without putting my political views out there,” he says of his commission to photograph the US president for TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year cover. “If you photograph properly, you’re talking about a coming together of two histories. A person of 70, who’s had a life of 70 years, and a person of 54, who’s had a life of 54 years. As soon as politics comes in, you change things. It’s difficult to exclude that but you need to if you’re making a mature portrait that’s going to have any lasting effect.” What inspires him about photography has evolved with …

2017-03-10T12:21:39+00:00

Nadav Kander on Secret Nuclear Missile-testing Sites

“The Geiger counters chattered away on our belts, keeping us from the worst of the invisible dangers,” writes Nadav Kander in his new monograph, Dust. Kander is describing his three-year study of secret Soviet towns, once home to nuclear missile-testing sites, now radioactive landscapes. As Kander explains in the accompanying text to the book (published by Hatje Cantz, priced at £60), it was while researching cities in Russia for a project that he came across the two so-called ‘closed’ towns located on the Russian- Kazakhstan border. Kurchatov, in north-east Kazakhstan, was home to The Polygon, a key nuclear testing site in the Soviet Union until 1989, and the closed missile testing town of Priozersk, formerly known as Moscow 10, which never appeared on official maps. As a result, both were largely unknown until the advent of Google Earth. “I was told these towns were mostly destroyed,” writes Kander. “As with many secrets in life, this inspired my wish to know more.” So began a journey that saw the London-based photographer travel from east Kazakhstan to …

2016-04-08T15:47:43+00:00

Nadav Kander’s Dust: “Empty landscapes of invisible dangers”

Priozersk (formally known as ‘Moscow 10’) and Kurchatov are closed cities, restricted military zones, concealed and not shown on maps until they were ‘discovered’ by Google Earth. Enlisted to the pursuits of science and war, the sites were utilized for the covert testing of atomic and long distance weapons. Falsely claimed as uninhabited, the cities, along with nearby testing site ‘The Polygon’, set the stage for one of the most cynical experiments ever undertaken. Scientists watched and silently documented the horrifying effects of radiation and pollution on the local population and livestock. Demolished to preserve their military secrets, the areas now consist predominantly of the ruinous architecture and desolate landscapes featured in Kander’s haunting photographs. A result of the Cold War and of the relentless quest for nuclear armaments, the ruins stand as accidental monuments to the melancholic, dark and destructive side of human nature. Kander’s photographs, as such, portray such settings as stake facts. Yet they have, in their shape and locale, a distinct poeticism, as if secrets exist in the silence of the …

2016-04-08T15:48:59+00:00

BJP Staff