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Exhibition: The Road to 2012


Posted by Gavin Lucas, 19 July 2012, 11:48    Permalink    Comments (2)

Currently running at London's National Portrait Gallery as part of the London 2012 Festival, the BT Road to 2012: Aiming High exhibition contains 40 new portraits of some of the key players in Team GB's 2012 Olympic effort, photographed by Anderson & Low, Nadav Kander and Jilian Edelstein…

The exhibition, which runs until September 23, represents the National Portrait Gallery's biggest ever commission, with the images shot over the last three years.

As well as shooting ten Olympic torchbearers for the exhibition, Nadav Kander took four black and white shots of rising stars including discus thrower Lawrence Okoye (above) and Paralympic cyclist Jon-Allan Butterworth (below).

Anderson & Low have shot numerous single and group portraits for the exhibition including swimmer Fran Halsall, shot at Loughborough High Performance Centre:

Paralympic rower Tom Aggar at Eton Dorney:

And this portrait of rowing administrators Maggie Neto and David Tanner, shot at The Old Rowing Tank (GB Rowing HQ) in London, which echoes the composition of Grant Wood's American Gothic painting:

Jillian Edelstein's images shot specially for the show aren't of sportsmen and women but of people involved in various cultural aspects of 2012. Here's her portrait of Gerard O'Sullivan and George Whitelock, chefs at the Athlete's Village dining hall and kitchens at Olympic Park, London:

The images by Anderson & Low, Edelstein, and Kander will be shown alongside a further 30 portraits by Brian Griffin, Bettina von Zwehl, Finlay MacKay and Emma Hardy which document preparations for London 2012.

BT Road to 2012 runs until September 23 at London's National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE.

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Great article on the exhibition, it's fantastic that this isn't a paid event and is free. It will encourage a large number of individuals to visit! Check out our take on the exhibit here
Sam Douglass
2012-07-20 09:59:09

that headline photo by Nadav Kander of Okoye is INCREDIBLE - all that muscle just at rest, like sacks piled ontop of eachother. It's rare you see a sporting shot with an athlete so at ease, as oppose to posing or tensing and flexing. The black on black is a nice touch too, those silver-lining highlights really make the shot.

Would love to have seen something as dramatic as this used in an official Olympics campaign.
2012-07-23 04:05:55

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