TELAVIVIANS | ARTIST SPOTLIGHT | NATAN DVIRby Dalit Nemirovsky | 13.03.13
Natan Dvir, 40, Photographer
Current place of residence
New York. Lived in Tel Aviv for 13 years until 2008 and photographed it extensively.
Tell me a little about your art –
I focus on the human aspects of political, social and cultural issues. I’m fascinated by people, their habitat, and their relationship to their cultural environment. In my projects I explore various social phenomena hoping to raise awareness, initiate discussion, or challenge existing preconceptions.
What inspires you?
My projects require a lot of devotion, attention, and investment. I have to feel very strongly about the subject which I want to explore to a level I can’t help photographing it. I sometimes feel that my projects find me and not the other way around. The people I photograph inspire me. The greatest gift photography has given me is the ability to interact with people I might not have otherwise met.
5 Words that describe your lifestyle?
Passion. Work hard, play hard!
Which artists inspires you?
I like to draw my inspiration from various sources and forms of art. My main photographic influences are probably Robert Frank, Walker Evans, Eugene Richards, Mary Allen-Mark, Thomas Struth, and Rineke Dijkstra. Ziv Koren, who I assisted in my early years as a photographer, had a strong influence not only on my style, but on how I regard the photographic practice altogether. I love going to the Metropolitan, Guggenheim, or MoMA and am drawn mostly to Cubism, Surrealism, and Impressionism. The exhibition of Picasso’s black and white works at the Guggenheim Museum a few months ago was one of the best I’ve ever seen.
What are your future plans?
I am in the process of releasing my latest series titled ‘Coming Soon’ these days. The first exhibition of this project will open at Anastasia Photo Gallery in New York on March 19th and will be on view until May 19th. I hope to have time to continue photographing in parallel to preparing for a number of expected exhibitions and publications of this project. I will travel to Cleveland and Daytona in the next few weeks for events related to solo exhibition of my projects ‘Belief’ and ‘Eighteen’ , then head over to Portland and France for a couple of photography festivals, and thankfully will get to visit Israel for a little while at the end of April.
What do you love about Tel Aviv?
Tel Aviv is one of the most amazing cities in the world. That perspective intensifies after living abroad for a few years. The main thing that makes Tel Aviv so special is the people that inhabit it. There’s never a dull moment. They say New York is the city that never sleeps, but I think it snores in comparison to Tel Aviv. Gastronomically wise, I think it’s one of the best places to live in. Can’t wait to check out the new places next time I’m in town.
If you could change one thing in Tel Aviv – what would it be?
Parking. No doubt. The current system that often seems like it’s built to trap/fool people and hand out as many tickets as possible needs to be eliminated.
Nisim, 65 (2007) – from the series ‘The Tel Avivians’
Purim (2006) – from the series ‘Belief’
Dina, Jaffa (2010) – from the series ‘Eighteen’
Gan HaAtzmaut (2008) – from the series ‘Shelter’
Refugee in Shower (2007) – from the series ‘Shelter’
Reuven, 51 (2007) – from the series ‘The Tel Avivians’
Juicy couture 01 (2008) – from the series ‘Coming Soon’
Tommy Bahama 01 (2012) – from the series ‘Coming Soon’