Natan Dvir (b. 1972) is an Israeli photographer who focuses on the human aspects of political, social and cultural issues. He received his MBA from Tel Aviv University and his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts (NY), after which he became a faculty member at the International Center for Photography (ICP). Natan is based in New York City and photographs around the world represented by Polaris Images agency.
Dvir’s work has been published by numerous international magazines including the New York Times, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, Le Monde, Figaro, Journal de Dimanche, Stern, Focus, Die Zeit, and Corriere Della Sera among others.
Natan’s main projects were exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, South America and Israel including the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Southeast Museum of Photography (Daytona), Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR), Schneider Gallery (Chicago), Houston Center for Photography (Houston), War Photo Museum (Dubrovnik), Museo de Antioquia (Medellin), Christie’s (London), Kultur Bahnhof Eller (Düsseldorf) and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Tel Aviv). His work has received recognition wining prizes around the world including the Picture of the Year Award (POYi), Photo District News (PDN) Annual, American Photography Award, International Photography Award (IPA), New York Photography Festival Award, Critical Mass top 50, Black & White Spider Award, and the Picture of the Year Award in the Israeli press.
COMING SOON: NEW WORKS
March 4 – May 17, 2015
When Dvir first visited New York City he was immediately struck by the “American Dream” looming large—the numerous ads and billboards enveloping the city in a kaleidoscopic commercial net. By juxtaposing giant billboards against seemingly miniature humans in everyday street scenes, Dvir explores our relationship with branded city centers and the commercial environment we live in.
The immense billboards permeate the whole city, from SoHo to Times Square. Their power is emboldened by their impermanence; most are replaced after several weeks. By cropping the scene from the environment the space appears flattened, scale and spatial relationships are often confused; a visual play Dvir employs throughout the series. Pedestrians inhabiting the space underneath are pulled, unaware, into a staged set; the reality of the street contrasted with the commercial fantasy of the advertisements.
March 15 – May 19, 2013
Natan Dvir began this series, “Coming Soon”, in response to his surprise, as a foreigner, at the “numerous ads and billboards covering New York City in a kaleidoscopic commercial net”. By juxtaposing giant billboards against seemingly miniature humans in everyday street scenes, he explores our relationship with branded city centers and the commercial environment we live in. Dvir explains, “The branding of the cityscape has become so ubiquitous, that the billboards, looming over the narrow space and monumental in scale, seem to be virtually unnoticed by passersby.
People inhabiting the space underneath are pulled, unaware, into a staged set. The grasp is democratic and compulsory- the only medium that cannot be turned off, trying to reach a diverse public whose movements through the city momentarily overlap.”