NADAV KANDER: THE WIRE | HOWARD GREENBERG GALLERY | APRIL 21 – JUNE 10, 2022
“There is a thread that you follow. He goes among things that change. But that doesn’t change. People wonder what you are after. / You have to explain the thread. excerpt from “The Way It Is” by William Stafford
An exhibition of photographs by renowned London artist Nadav Kander will be on view at the Howard Greenberg Gallery from April 21 to June 10, 2022. Nadav Kander: The Thread, the Prix Pictet-winning photographer’s first exhibition with Howard Greenberg Gallery, will feature evocative landscapes and penetrating portraits from the 1990s-2020s that evoke the interconnectedness of humanity. The title of the exhibition, inspired by the poem “The Way It Is” by William Stafford, refers to this common thread.
“This connectivity is the only way we can come together as a species,” Kander noted. “My approach is to dig down to the essence of things, searching for feelings of vulnerability, calm and beauty, whether it’s a familiar face or a river landscape.” Widely regarded as one of the most insightful photographers of our time, Kander’s work brings out the essence of his subjects in subtle yet powerful ways that resonate in the mind of the viewer.
For his landscapes, Kander traveled extensively around the world, including the Yangtze River in China, the Arctic Circle, the salt pans of Utah, and Chernobyl. Three works from the Kander series Yangtze – The Long River, 2006-2007 will be on display. The project was awarded the prestigious Prix Pictet in 2009. For this work, Kander traveled the nearly 4,000 mile long Yangtze River from mouth to source, photographing the landscape and the people living along its banks. . Yangtze – The Long River is a body of work that captures the dramatic effects of a nation on the brink of enormous industrial and economic change and considers the history and folklore of the waterway flowing in the blood of the people.
Kander’s Ongoing Series Dark Line – The Thames Estuary, which he started in 2015, focuses on the River Thames where it connects to the sea. Kander captures atmospheric images of dark, slow-moving waters and seemingly endless horizons. Traveling alone to the estuary, engaging in the process of slow photography, he focuses on the cycles of the river, as well as its historical and mystical implications. The resulting images are deeply immersive and explore photography’s ability to encapsulate time and physical boundaries. By showing the sparse and monochromatic Thames, with immeasurable distances disappearing in the fog, Kander has found a marriage between subject, medium and metaphor that intimately reflects his own inner experience.
Kander’s images of world leaders, authors, scientists and actors exude an incisive and intimate essence. The exhibit will include more than 30 portraits of Kander, including HRH Prince Charles, David Lynch, Rosamond Pike, David Attenborough and Barack Obama. These contemplative works transform familiar faces into bizarre representations of human disquiet.
About Nadav Kander
Nadav Kander is an award-winning London-based photographer and short filmmaker best known for his portraits and landscapes. Born in Tel Aviv in 1961, he grew up in Johannesburg, where his family emigrated in 1964. At the age of 13, he began taking photos with a Pentax camera he bought with funds from his Bar Mitzvah. At the age of 17, he knew he would be a photographer. He was drafted into the South African Air Force, where he worked for two years in darkroom print aerial photography. In 1982, he left South Africa to start his career in London.
Kander’s work began to gain notice and in the late 1990s it was featured at the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, California. In 2001 his photographs were exhibited at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London and in 2005 the Palais de Tokyo in Paris mounted a solo exhibition.
In 2009, Kander had 52 color portraits published in an issue of The New York Times magazine. The portraits were of people surrounding President Barack Obama, including Vice President Joe Biden. It was the largest portfolio of works by the same photographer that The New York Times Magazine had featured in a single issue.
Kander’s many awards include the Sony World Photography Award in 2019; Cannes Golden Lion in 2018; Honorary Member of the Royal Photographic Society in 2015; the World Press Photo Awards in 2014 and 2013; Prix Pictet in 2009; and International Photographer of the Year at the Lucie Awards in 2009.
Nine monographs have been published on the artist’s photographic work, including The meetingSteidl, 2019; Dust2014, Hatje Cantz; Body. 6 women, 1 man2013, Hatje Cantz; Yangtze – The Long River, 2010, Hatje Cantz; and beauty is nothing, 2001, Arena Editions. Kander’s work is held by a number of major institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery in London; National Galleries of Scotland; Societe Generale, Paris; Collezione di Fotografia di Roma, Italy; Art Gallery of NSW, Australia; and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography.
About Howard Greenberg Gallery
Since its founding in New York 40 years ago, the Howard Greenberg Gallery has built up a vast and ever-growing collection of some of the medium’s most important photography. The Gallery’s collection acts as a living history of photography, offering genres and styles ranging from pictorialism to modernism, in addition to contemporary photography and images designed for industry, advertising and fashion.
A former photographer and founder of the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 1977, Howard Greenberg is one of a small group of gallerists, curators and historians responsible for creating and developing the modern photography market. Howard Greenberg Gallery, founded in 1981 and originally known as Photofind, was the first to regularly exhibit photojournalism and street photography, now accepted as important elements of photographic art.
The gallery is located in two locations on 57th Street: an exhibition space on the 8th floor of the Fuller Building at 41 East 57th Street; and an entire floor at 32 East 57th Street, directly across from the Fuller Building, to house, manage and showcase its extensive archive of over 40,000 prints.
Images from left to right:
Yibin VIII, (bathers), Sichuan Province, 2007 series Yangtze – The Long River, 2007. Chromogenic Printing; printed in 2022. Image size: 38 x 48 3/8 inches. Paper size: 48 1/4 x 58 3/4 inches
Water XVIII, (Shoeburyness to Mulberry Defenses and Grain Power Station), England, from the Serie, Dark Line – The Thames Estuary, 2015. Archival pigment print. Image size: 39 3/8 x 17 3/4 inches. Paper size: 44 x 19 5/8 inches
Rosamund Pike II, Los Angeles, USA, 2014. Pigment print; printed in 2022. Image size: 26 x 22 inches. Paper size: 26 x 22 inches.