Nadav Kander on photographing London mayor Boris Johnson for Telegraph Magazine.

Telegraph Magazine commissioned Nadav Kander to photograph Boris Johnson, London’s mayor and author of a new book on Winston Churchill, for a feature that asks, “Can Boris Johnson really go from self-styled joke to prime minister?”

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Boris Johnson photographed by Nadav Kander for Telegraph Magazine.

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“In my view, Kander was the only man for the job,” writes Cheryl Newman, the magazine’s photo director, in a story on the shoot. “We’ve collaborated with him over a number of years, usually on shoots with actors, but I was keen for Kander to try his hand at photographing Boris. I knew from past experience that Kander’s preparations for the shoot would be meticulous. I also knew we would get something unexpected and powerful and we were not disappointed.”

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Photos by Nadav Kander.

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She goes on to interview Nadav about the assignment, including what his first step was. “I studied multiple images of Boris,” Nadav tells Newman. “I wanted to familiarize myself with the subtle nuances of his face and body. I’m interested in the subject’s humanity, not what it says about them in Wikipedia. It’s a very intuitive process for me.”

Read more: “Nadav Kander: How I Shot Boris Johnson.”

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