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Gulag

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Video: Another Interview with Nadav Kander
« on: August 22, 2015, 09:16:47 pm »

Nadav Kander talks about his process and approaches to portraiture.

Road to 2012: Aiming High: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP4twN7187g
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Re: Video: Another Interview with Nadav Kander
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2015, 03:16:42 pm »

Thank you Gulag... Enjoyed watching both of those Nadav Kander vid's.
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Re: Video: Another Interview with Nadav Kander
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2015, 04:55:40 pm »

Interesting to watch; also revealing about a greater truth when he says that he fears self-analysis in case it blows away his style and way of doing things. I don't suppose he'd be a great fan of 'critique' either, for that very reason...

There was also an indirect link to the other thread here on the 'three wise men' video, where books get discussed. He was very into books, and suggests, more or less, that in today's world of over-saturation of image-supply, the same values can't be unearthed/recognized as carefully or deeply. It also made sense when he suggested that looking at Weston's work, whether nudes, clouds or old cars, the same picture was really being shot over and over again. Of course; that's personality: you can't shake what you are. If you try, you end up being nobody in particular, just a pretty lost soul.

And it doesn't have to be only in what you produce yourself; it can be as clearly defined in what you appreciate. We used to have a few moments of photo-fun at home: my wife would look at Playboy, which was a regular (until I felt it went a bit porny and I stopped buying it, because I used to have it lying around the house, and was perfectly happy for my two kid to go through it; the moment that I felt I didn't want that anymore, it was time for me, at least to forget it), and when I would come back from the studio or wherever, she'd would say okay, these are the shots you liked best: brother, was she right! All girls, but so much difference in treatment and look. The point being, what you do is also deeply reflected in what you enjoy looking for in others, and that becomes as obvious to other people as what you produce does.

Bailey, in an interview, claims that he never thinks about what he's going to do before a sitting. When the sitter arrives, he chats a while, and then takes it from there, remarking that it isn't Bailey making a picture, it's the sitter making a picture through what s/he reveals or gives the photographer. Can't argue about that.

Strange how photography can be both so shallow and so deep... Thank goodness we have it.

Rob C

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Re: Video: Another Interview with Nadav Kander
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2015, 06:35:03 am »

Bailey, in an interview, claims that he never thinks about what he's going to do before a sitting. When the sitter arrives, he chats a while, and then takes it from there, remarking that it isn't Bailey making a picture, it's the sitter making a picture through what s/he reveals or gives the photographer. Can't argue about that.

In Duane Michal's book of portraits, he claims the ideal is to invent a new style for each subject, which I guess is another way of saying the same thing as Bailey, with some artistic exageration :)

Then, I once had the experience of going out for a day with a woman I was rather obsessed with, and sharing a camera... what was shocking afterwards was that it was quite difficult to work out who had taken which frame... we had very, very similar styles... whereas every other time I'd shared, it was so obvious to sort into "yours", "mine" that I didn't think about it.
So maybe convergence of styles is a measure of compatibility? Then again, she married someone else  ::)
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Re: Video: Another Interview with Nadav Kander
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2015, 11:47:16 am »

In Duane Michal's book of portraits, he claims the ideal is to invent a new style for each subject, which I guess is another way of saying the same thing as Bailey, with some artistic exageration :)

Then, I once had the experience of going out for a day with a woman I was rather obsessed with, and sharing a camera... what was shocking afterwards was that it was quite difficult to work out who had taken which frame... we had very, very similar styles... whereas every other time I'd shared, it was so obvious to sort into "yours", "mine" that I didn't think about it.
So maybe convergence of styles is a measure of compatibility? Then again, she married someone else  ::)



That's no surprise: photographers make for terrible husbands. By the time some women realise your roving eye is working 'purely out of professional interest' it can be too late.

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