Where does creativity come from? How does one find their visual language? Where does one draw inspiration from? I want to learn about lives of creative people. To find some answers I meet up with some of our artists to have conversations about their lives, their working processes and about what keeps them doing what they do.
My name is Aaron Bircher and for the past two years I’ve been documenting all the processes that take place at Steidl Publishers in Göttingen, Germany when a new book comes to life.
The Meeting with Photographer Nadav Kander
It’s a Tuesday afternoon and Nadav Kander looks a little tired. He says the past two nights he was called down to press every two hours to sign off sheets for his upcoming book The Meeting. Despite of being quite exhausted, he likes the state that he’s currently in – like being half-conscious. We spoke about his beginnings, influences, working processes and of course the book - his first of portraits.
Nadav Kander was born 1961 and spent his youth in Johannesburg. He remembers not being so happy when growing up: as a boy who stuttered and didn’t fit into school very well, he always sought the edges of society something he is still very much interested in today. When Kander looks at his first –photographs he took as a 13 year old, he recognizes the same sense of darkness and unease that is key to his work today. At 21 he left for England and never returned. After working as a photographic assistant for two years he opened up his studio and has worked as a photographer ever since. Selected past projects include Yangtze – The Long River for which he won the Prix Pictet award in 2009 and Obama’s People, an acclaimed series of 52 portraits commissioned by the New York Times Magazine. His work has been shown worldwide at numerous venues such as the Flowers Gallery in New York and London, the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Kander received the World Press Photo award in 2013 and most recently the Sony World Photography award in 2019 for his outstanding contribution to Photography.
Check out Nadav Kander's and our other books on our website: https://steidl.de
A big thank you to Niki Fischer Khonsari for helping with the research and overseeing the recording.