Natan Dvir (b. 1972, Nahariya, Israel) 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). Natan is based in New York City and photographs around the world for Polaris Images. His work has been published by numerous international magazines including the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Wall Street Jurnal, Glamour, Le Monde, Journal de Dimanche, Stern, Focus, Die Zeit, Corriere Della Sera, Die Weltwoche and Wallpaper 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), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland), Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR), Schneider Gallery (Chicago), 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 Photo District News (PDN) Annual, American Photography Award, New York Photography Festival Award, Critical Mass top 50, Black and White Spider Award, and the Picture of the Year Award in the Israeli press. Latest Main Awards: American Photography 2011 – Chosen for AP27 PDN Photo Annual 2011 – Best Personal project Critical Mass 2010 – Book Finalist & Top 50 FotoFest 2010, Houston – Discoveries of the Meeting Place New York Photography Festival 2010 – Social Documentary Essay – 1st Prize PX3 Prix de la Photographie – Honorable Mention Houston Center for Photography – HCP Fellowship 2009 American Photography Award 2009 – Selected for AP25 Annual Black & White Spider Awards 2008 – 1st prize Documentary Local Testimony (Israeli Photojournalism) 2007, 2005 – Picture of the Year Les Rencontres d'Arles 2007 – Prix de l'Edition The London Jewish Museum of Art - International Jewish Artist of the Year 2007 PDN Photo Annual 2006 – Best documentary project Latest Solo Exhibitions: “Eighteen”, Central European House for Photography (Bratislava, Slovakia), 2011 “Eighteen”, War Photo Museum (Dubrovnik, Croatia), 2011 “Eighteen”, Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR, USA), 2011 "Eighteen", Colombia University Bernard Hillel (New York, USA), 2010 “Shelter”, Festival de la Luz (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2010 “Eighteen”, The Jewish Community Center (New York, USA), 2009 "Shelter", Houston Center for Photography, 2009
Entry description: Coming Soon is an exploration of our visual relationship with the branded city centers and the commercial environment we live in. In recent years, a kaleidoscopic net of huge billboards has enveloped the commercial hubs of New York. Giant billboards both dominate the urban landscape and blend into the background. Always in the peripheral vision, these ads turn people moving through into passive spectators. The ephemeral nature, massive size and saturated colors create a fluid cinematic experience. People inhabiting the space underneath are pulled, unaware, into a staged set merging the reality of the street with the commercial fantasy.