Natan Dvir

Born in 1972 in Natariva, Israël. Lives and works in New York.

© Natan-Dvir,-14th-St-Union-Sq1 -  detail

© Natan-Dvir,-14th-St-Union-Sq1 - detail

Natan Dvir - Subway Square

Natan Dvir - Subway Square

Graduated from the University of Tel Aviv with an MBA, then took a Masters in Photography at the School of Visual Arts (NYC). Adjunct faculty member at the International Center of Photography (ICP-New York). His photographic work focuses on the human aspects associated with cultural, social and political issues.

Exhibitions: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Portland Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; International Center of Photography, New York; Head On Festival, Sydney; Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires; Christie’s, London; Kultur Bahnhof Eller, Dusseldorf; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, etc.

Awards: Picture of the Year (POYi), PDN Photo Annual, American Photography, International Photography Award (IPA), New York Photography Festival Award, Critical Mass top 50 and Picture of the Year Award in Israel.

Based in New York, Natan Dvir uses the subway tunnels as a living photographic studio, a vantage point from which he observes what is ‘human’ in the city.

Platforms is a series exploring New York’s unique underground architecture and the people who flicker across it. The subway platform viewed by someone waiting on the platform opposite presents a ‘voyeuristic’ experience dissected geometrically by the architecture of the space. The ever-present pillars of the subway are a visual nod to the frames on film stock, organising the space into a sequence of stories. The platform becomes a stage on which the ‘actors’ take their temporary places until the train arrives and makes way for the next ‘act’. The images in this series illustrate the nuances of a self-inflicted isolation in a mega-city which is furthermore dense and chaotic. The interactions, or the lack of interactions, become manifest in the body language and the spatial location of the commuters being observed. The series reflects the detachment, the separation, the personal spaces, the individualism, the solitude and the momentary connections in the underground recesses of an urban metropolis.