Nadav Kander on photographing Julian Assange for The New Yorker

Julian Assange. Photo by Nadav Kander for The New Yorker.

 

From “Behind the Portrait: Julian Assange”:

“The more I pare it down, the more you really see the condition of people,” Kander says, when describing his approach. His portraits rarely include environmental context—he aims to make pictures that focus on a person’s corporeal structure, his skin and bones. He’s interested in the physical facts that have been “etched” on the face, which he describes as “the truth about that person.” On set at the Embassy, he sensed that Assange, who can be particular about how his likeness is disseminated, felt safe. The allotted thirty minutes turned into two hours. “If people are very controlling of their image,” Kander said, “you get very few frames where they drop it. But when they do, for that second . . . you can really see it.” (Read more here.)

To read the feature, click here: “Julian Assange, a Man Without a Country”

Below, an outtake from the shoot…

 

Photo by Nadav Kander.

 

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