Connoisseur snags international photographer for ice-cream art

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 28th September 2010

Connoisseur - Nadav Kander - Cafe Grande detailNadav Kander, arguably one of the globe’s best stills photographers, has taken on an ice-cream made in Melbourne as his newest subject.

Connoisseur ice-cream has snared the multi-award winning photographer, whose impressive list of subjects ranges from the world’s most powerful, Barack Obama, to the world’s most gorgeous, Brad Pitt.

In a commission designed to capture the artistry involved in making the gourmet ice-cream, Kander collaborated with acclaimed British set designer Hana Al Sayed, turning the key ingredients in Connoisseur ice-cream into large visually stunning art installations, captured on camera by Kander.
Connoisseur - Nadav Kander - Caramel Honey Macadamia detailConnoisseur said securing Kander has been a coup for the gourmet ice-cream brand and has generated some of the most intriguing food photography in food styling’s history.

The images will be used as part of a magazine advertising campaign, rolling out from October.

The flavours forming the basis of the installations are Classic Vanilla, featuring elusive Madagascan Vanilla beans; Caramel Honey Macadamia, containing Australian macadamia nuts and honey; and Café Grande, crafted from a special blend of Arabica and Robusta coffee beans, rich cream, chocolate coated almonds and Grand Marnier sauce.

Connoisseur - Nadav Kander - Classic Vanilla detailThe Connoisseur commission is a departure for Kander, who is internationally renowned for his portraiture and large-format landscape photography.

Nadav Kander is an Israeli-born, South African-bred, London-based photographer, whose work forms part of the public collection at the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He hails Jeff Wall, Gerhard Richter, Tadao Ando and Hiroshi Sugimoto as major influences.

Kander is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Dazed & Confused, and The Sunday Times Magazine. He has shot album sleeve-art for bands including Placebo, Snow Patrol and Richard Ashcroft.