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Arca Poses Remotely for Nadav Kander and The Wire Magazine

Nadav Kander remotely shoots performance artist/DJ, Arca in Barcelona from London for The Wire magazine. Read more from Nadav here.

         "Haunting landscapes, evocative nudes, compelling portraits of controversial presidents – the unifying thread that runs through Kander’s richly-varied portfolio is the power to suggest something beyond what is apparent."

              - British Journal of Photography

Bodies, 6 Women, 1 Man

The Last da Vinci.

"The Christie's short film was a huge pleasure to work on. After walking past a huge Warhol 'Last Supper', there, dimly lit in a room all its own, was the last Leonardo da Vinci known to be in private hands. Not fully knowing how people would react to such a deeply religious and rare painting, I am very pleased with the outcome."

"I placed hidden cameras inside the wall below the masterpiece. When people filed in to see the da Vinci, their awe-struck faces were so beautiful in the minimal hidden LED lighting. What is so mesmerizing about the film is that we rarely see such awe, brevity and a sense of overhwelm in an authentic, non-acted context."

- Nadav Kander
In November 2017, Christie's announced the sale of 'Salvator Mundi', considered to be the last Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece to be sold at auction. Under Nadav Kander's auterist vision, Chelsea and Droga5 rigged hidden cameras within the gallery to capture the raw, emotional reactions of the visitors. None of the participants knew they were being filmed.

The painting sold for $450M, smashing all previous records, and Nadav's film became a viral phenomenon, garnering attention from The New York TimesThe Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and AdWeek.

Nadav's piece was awarded a Gold Lion in Film Craft at Cannes 2018, as well as a Silver Pencil at the 2018 One Show, and two D&AD Pencils.

Evil Instincts.

Some of modern entertainment's biggest bads are immortalized in Evil Instincts, a motion and print story for GQ.

Cultural Highlights.

Nadav sits down with The Guardian to discuss the cultural elements driving him in 2019, including music to work to, a novel narrated by a foetus, and why he likes listening to The Moth.

"As with photography – you can photograph things that are quite difficult to look at, but very beautifully. So you have something happening underneath what you’re looking at. It’s those opposites that signal true life."

"The music is very meditative, contemplative; often it feels like Gregorian chant. It feels like deep, slow, dark water – I printed my Estuary works listening to her. I just find it perfect for when I’m alone and within my own atmosphere. It’s almost religious for me."


In His Own Words.


"When a person sits down or stands in front of me, and I look through a camera, there are things that come to me."

"And I see how people react. I also think that our bodies have a memory in a way, and if I ask somebody just to bend forward slightly or look slightly down, I’m almost putting people into positions that they are familiar with. . . . It’s when they feel themselves that the pictures work

- Nadav Kander, The New York Times


Nadav started taking photos at 13 with a Pentax camera he bought with money from his Bar Mitzvah. That year he took a photo of a swimmer at school and was encouraged to continue when his class liked the picture. Next he photographed his girlfriend. Since then he’s gone on to be regarded for his portraitures, including: Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Desmond Tutu, David Lynch, MIA, Brad Pitt, Es Devlin, and Nick Cave among others. His landscape photography is revered and his seminal work “Yangtze- The Long River” won him photography’s most prestigious award, The Prix Pictet. In 2019, he was awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Photography by the Sony World Photography Awards. Nadav is always in search of simple ways to express the human condition which he explores both as a
director and photographer. The “No More" campaign for the NFL, which premiered on the Super Bowl to over 100 million people helped spark a national conversation about protection for victims of domestic violence. Growing up in South Africa Apartheid was everywhere around him and that dangerous environment found its way into Nadav’s work. He embraced his role as an outsider and explored the edges and peripheries of society. He enjoys the paradox where something mundane is photographed beautifully, or something beautiful is photographed mundanely, or as he puts it, “There’s always a bit of mustard on the chocolate cake.” When he’s not in his London studio, Nadav is out riding on his Pegoretti or cooking dinner for his family.