Interview with Nadav Kander, photographer of Obama’s People


Eugene Kang, 24, Special Assistant to the President
© Nadav Kander for The New York Times Magazine

For two hectic weeks between the US presidential election and the inauguration, one photographer was invited to make portraits of every member of Obama’s new incoming administration. The result is a series of 52 unlikely semi-formal portraits that reveal a refreshingly diverse, young, energetic group of people who will be key to helping forward Obama’s agenda.

This series of portraits originally appeared in The New York Times Magazine, in print and online. Now, for the first time anywhere, an exhibition of life-size prints of these images will go on display (not in America) but in Birmingham, UK.

UK-based photographer Nadav Kander talks with Jim Casper of Lens Culture about how this daunting project came into being, and provides some very interesting personal observations about his brief encounters with the new power-brokers of America. See some of the images, and listen to the interview, here in Lens Culture.

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