Isley lying with white mouse on hip, 2012©Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London

Isley lying with white mouse on hip, 2012 ©Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London

Coated in white marble dust and shot against a black backdrop, the subjects of Nadav Kander | BODIES. 6 Women, 1 Man makes you appreciate how rare it is to see images of naked models that don’t adhere to our regulation First World idea of perceived perfection. Kander was influenced by Elizabethan notions of purity in his choice of the redhaired models, whose naturally pale skin has been made even paler by the white powder.

Audrey with toes and wrist bent, 2011 ©Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London

Audrey with toes and wrist bent, 2011 ©Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London

There’s a welcome honesty to these photographs of the human form. The poses are recognisable as referencing the forms of a classical and renaissance past, whilst modernising the genre of the nude to act as a medium for reflection. Faces are turned away from the viewer, but bodies are offered completely, allowing you to meditate on the sheer beauty of these actually very normal shapes. We’ve now gone so far over to the other side in our endless pursuit of ‘perfection’, usually achieved by excessive use of photo shop, that we now feel a sense of shock when confronted with the ordinary. These images are a must-see, letting you marvel at the sheer beauty of the juxtaposition of red hair and pearl white skin and at a body that is clearly at ease with itself, photographed not posing or striking postures, instead honestly and unapologetically showing you the skinny limbs on a man and the heft of cellulite on a woman.

Elizabeth with elbows hiding face, 2012 ©Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London

Elizabeth with elbows hiding face, 2012 ©Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London

Nadav Kander sums it up thus, ‘Revealed yet concealed. Shameless yet shameful. Ease with unease. Beauty and destruction. These paradoxes are displayed in all my work; an inquiry into what it feels like to be human.’

Michael curled away, 2012 ©Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London

Michael curled away, 2012 ©Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London

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Stella as Maderno's Saint Cecelia (2) ©Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London

Stella as Maderno’s Saint Cecelia (2) ©Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London

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