Nadav Kander


One of my biggest influences has to be Nadav Kander, the way his images look and feel is something I’ve always been in oar of. I would like to specifically talk about his work done in China, the Yangtze River series as I have recently bought his book, something I should have done a long time ago as he is one of my favourite photographers.
This series of images is like nothing I’ve ever seen before, it doesn’t feel to me like he had a pre conceived stereotypical feeling towards the place what so ever, the images are some what neutral, both in feeling and political stance, which for one is very rare when talking about any sort of image produced in China.
Each image seems to bleed onto the next in the way it has been composed, exposed and most importantly what it is portraying. This is something to be massively admired because as photographers we are always trying to make a big deal and to dramatise everything we see, however these images have a feeling of what I will call, “child like documentation”, by this I mean that its as if the photographer knows nothing of the atrocities which may have gone on in these places, as if he hadn’t read/heard anything of china, and this was almost like a study of a totally unventured place or how none of the pictures are trying to make us feel any particular feeling towards these scenes. This is something, I feel, to be massively admired and is very fresh, because all of our lives we are looking at images which are produced to sway our perception of something, where as these images purely and simply document Yangtze River. But in a way which is so powerful that they teach us so much, without trying to sway us into a certain feeling we “should” have towards the place. 
I would categorically recommend everyone to get his book Yangtze- The Long River! It has been my biggest visual and photographic inspiration in years, i promise you will adore his work :)

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