Shamil Tanna was commissioned by the Sunday Times Magazine to photograph some of Team GB’s medal hopefuls for a special multi-cover issue to celebrate what would have been the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“With the Olympics having been postponed, the idea was to show the athletes in their own homes and illustrate how they have been coping and training, in a fun and interesting way,” says Tanna. “In order to adhere to social distancing and Covid guidelines, I shot these all with no client or crew. Normally when shooting athletes, we would have publicists, clients, agents and assistants on set. It was a liberating experience being able to work with them one on one, and helped to create a relaxed and fun set of images.”
Photographer: Shamil Tanna
Publication: The Sunday Times Magazine
Photo Director: Russ O’Connell
Art Director: Dan Biddulph
Olympians: Tom Daley, Max Whitlock, Jade Jones, Ellie Robinson, Becky Downie