Amateur Photographer

Speaking with Kander

Looking through the list of previous winners of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Awards reads like a roll call of some of the biggest names in photography. Not all will be to everybody’s tastes, but regardless, these are people who have not just contributed to the craft, but actively shaped it too. To name but a few, in the past decade, the top recognition has gone to Elliott Erwitt (2015), Martin Parr (2017), Mary Ellen Mark (2014), Eve Arnold (2010) and most recently Candida Höfer in 2018.

The latest recipient is Nadav Kander, who having won a plethora of other prestigious awards in the past four decades, is no stranger to adding silverware to his collection. Among other top plaudits, he received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society in 2015, has placed twice at the World Press Photo Awards (2013 and 2014), and in 2009, picked up the Prix Pictet prize and was also named the International Photographer of the Year at the 7th Annual Lucie Awards.

Kander first received his own camera aged just 13. Aside from a couple of years in the intervening period, he has been taking pictures ever since. He grew up in

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