Air Canada enRoute
BETWEEN THE LINES
A photographer ventures well outside the cities of the American South.
FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, LONDON-BASED
photographer Nadav Kander has been adding to his series God’s Country, reexamining the great American outdoors as a place where untouched wilderness does not exist. His family knows about being on the move: “My dad lived in Germany, ended up in Israel and then we went to South Africa,” he says. “[My] history makes me an outsider in a way, and I’ve become interested in the fringes because of it.” As Kander travelled through the United States from coast to coast, he was drawn to the spaces between cities – flat, monochromatic land; parking lots; defunct race tracks. The celebrated portrait photographer, who has shot the likes of Barack Obama and Jodie Foster, isn’t interested in purely natural settings, even when it comes to landscapes; instead, he’s searching for the marks of human intervention. In this series, Kander conveys the isolation of solitary figures dwarfed by the vast, open spaces they find themselves in.