In Conversation: Masters of Photography

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2 May 2014, 19:00-20:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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  • Late Shift||Lecture
Barak Obama II by Nadav Kander

Photographer Nadav Kander discusses his work. Masters of Photography is supported by the Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation in memory of photographer Bern Schwartz. He will be in conversation with Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine.

Nadav Kander (b. 1961) grew up in South Africa.  He began photographing at an early age and moved to London in 1982 where he still lives with his wife and children. 

In 2009 Kander was awarded the Prix Pictet for his Yangtze, The Long River series and was also named International Photographer of the Year at the 7th Annual Lucie Awards.  In July 2012 Kander exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London with a series of portraits celebrating London’s hosting of the 2012 Olympics.

His work appears regularly in many international publications.  In 2009, coinciding with Obama’s Presidential inauguration, Kander’s 52 full page portraits of the President and his closest colleagues, aides and advisors was the largest portfolio of work to date that has been published in one issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Nadav’s work is housed in several public collections including National Portrait Gallery, London. The V&A Museum and the Frank Suss Collection. He has exhibited internationally at venues including Musee de L’Elysee, Lausanne, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Museum of Applied Arts, Cologne, Kennedy’s Museum, Berlin, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel.

Monographs include:  Bodies. 6 Women, 1 Man (2013), Yangtze, The Long River (2010) and Beauty’s Nothing (2001).

Kathy Ryan, the long-term Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine, has been a pioneer at combining fine art photography and photojournalism in the pages of the Magazine. During this time, the Magazine has been recognized with numerous photography awards, including National Magazine Awards in both 2011 and 2012. In 2010 the Magazine won its first Emmy for a series of videos produced by the Magazine’s photo department, featuring renowned actors. This was followed by a second Emmy a year later for the next series of acting videos. In 2012, Ryan received the Royal Photographic Society’s annual award for Outstanding Service to Photography. She was honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Griffin Museum of Photography in 2007.  Under Ryan’s leadership, the Magazine regularly commissions the world’s best photographers, across an array of disciplines.  The best of this work can be seen in a book edited by Ryan, The New York Times Magazine Photographs, published by Aperture in 2011. A travelling exhibition of photographs from the book, co-curated by Ryan opened at the Rencontres d’Arles in July 2011, then went to FOAM Museum in Amsterdam in, and the Palau Robert in Barcelona in 2012. In addition to her magazine work, Ryan also lectures and serves on many photo juries. In 2012 she gave the Karsh Lecture in Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and spoke at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She serves as a mentor at the School of Visual Arts, and has worked as a thesis advisor there. In June she co-curated the LOOK3 photography festival in Charlottesville, VA, and in 2008 she was a co-curator of the inaugural New York Photo Festival. Ryan has also curated exhibitions for the Museum of the City of New York, FOAM Museum, and New York’s School of Visual Arts.

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