Nadav Kander's Nudes Challenge Our Perception Of Beautiful Bodies

Acclaimed photographer Nadav Kander’s latest exhibition, "Bodies – 6 Women, 1 Man," lays bare the human body in all its glory.

The human body is a wonder of diversity. You wouldn’t know it from perusing your local magazine rack, though. In his latest exhibition, Nadav Kander offers a new view of the nude that’s at once classic and contemporary and one that also offers a corrective to the tyranny of airbrushing in popular media.

"Bodies – 6 Women, 1 Man" opened in London last week at the Flowers Gallery, offering visitors a veritable feast of the flesh. Rather than utilize the visual auto-tuning that is fast becoming a society standard—one in which female celebrities are sometimes called "brave" for posing sans makeup—these images emphasize the natural idiosyncrasies of the human form.

All the models involved are covered in white marble dust and shot against a black background. Since the models are all ginger-haired, their skin is fair already—with the dust and contrasting background thrown in, they look alabaster. There is nothing to distract from their raw, corporeal form—except that the models’ faces are almost always obscured. Human contours (and bulges) are presented in a distinctly natural way that feels more truthful than the images we are often saturated with in magazines and on billboards.

The show will run through February 9th, and a book is set to follow.

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  • Media Designer

    Thank you Fred C. Dobbs for proving how important this show is. Battling the narrow minded and gullible is a task that all of us should take on. Art is a weapon of free speech that serves to liberate and speak truth when as a society we have been lied to about what is beautiful. 
    These photographs are so reminiscent of works shown in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris which I just visited a couple of days ago.  For those wondering about the use of marble dust, it clearly alludes to the same period of sculpture. In previous times, it was the rich who could afford to eat and look healthy; the poor were undernourished. Today, the poor are obese and models (the desired) are undernourished. We need our paradigms straightened.

  • Ugh

    I don't see how this special or new. Was this not the standard of art in antiquity? 

  • Media Designer

    Timing. A reminder. There isn't much that is new anymore, but at the right time it can be appreciated as new.

  • kpatte23

    It is interesting to see the article's title is : "NADAV KANDER’S NUDES CHALLENGE OUR PERCEPTION OF BEAUTIFUL BODIES"

    They all look beautiful to me.

  • enin

    I thought this wonderful...truly classic, a range of real bodies. I was torn because on the one hand I really liked the covered or partially covered faces, how it focused us on what was below the neck....on the other hand, the face is just part of the whole of their beauty. Well done...

  • Elise V. Baugh

    my marbles have no dust !? where would one find these dusty marbles ? stunning work regardless im really entranced by all of them.

  • Honest_Miss

    Wouldn't the marble dust be greater at emphasizing the various imperfections in the skin, rather than hide them? With that level of stark light on that much white, you're inevitably going to get some high contrast.