Fast Company interviews Nadav Kander about “How to Create an Unforgettable Portrait”

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Fast Company‘s Co.CREATE blog this week posted an interview with Nadav Kander about “How to Create an Unforgettable Portrait.” Staff writer Jeff Berkowitz asked Nadav about his thoughts on props and background, how he approaches working with vastly different subjects, translating the skills of portraiture to directing, and his “Bad Guys” portfolio and short films for the June issue of GQ.

“[For the GQ shoot], the idea was that these people are the villains of Hollywood,” Nadav tells Berkowitz. “The magazine wanted them to not be banal, Hollywood, over-lit pictures. I didn’t spend very long with the actors and one of the reasons is that I always light before the person arrives. I always have some sort of idea of how I think they will look interesting, according to who they are or their face structure. Then, even before they get dressed, I like to do one or two quick pictures to see if I’m on the right track. After that I get the lighting to really feel right and look great on them. Generally, I don’t spend that long. It could be 10 or 15 minutes with a person. Sometimes longer, but not much longer: 20 minutes, half an hour. Once a person settles down and becomes comfortable, it’s almost too comfortable. So the first 10 minutes are incredibly important, which is why I try to get my lighting right from the go.”

Read the full interview here.

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