Video: National Portrait Gallery interviews Nadav Kander

The National Portrait Gallery in London has been posting interviews with artists, sitters, and curators at its YouTube channel. Most recently, they posted an interview with Nadav Kander, whose work is part of the gallery’s collection.

“There’s a lot of correspondence and communication between two human beings that goes on without one’s mouth moving,” he says in explaining his process. “And that’s in body language and just in brainwaves. I think we do really connect. And it’s often quite a heightened moment for the sitter because they have someone quite near them with a camera pointing at them. And I think in those heightened moments, you communicate even better. And I think something like that goes on, and I really trust it. That’s what I trust. And I think that’s the moment that a picture becomes a portrait.”

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The interview is part of the National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Olympics-themed project, for which the gallery commissioned Nadav to shoot a series of portraits of Britain’s rising athletes. The first is of Jodie Williams. Here’s a screenshot of that photo as seen at the BBC‘s website, which is featuring all of the portraits in the Olympics project:

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Click to view Nadav Kander's portrait of Jodie Williams, part of the National Portrait Gallery's Olympics-themed commissions, at the BBC's website.

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To read more about Jodie and to see behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot, click here or on the image below.

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Click to view Anne Braybon's photos of Nadav's portrait session with Jodie Williams.

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