National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project celebrates those who are collectively making the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games happen.
The National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project is capturing the journey towards the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and, working with internationally renowned photographers, is creating a lasting record of the people who are contributing to these exciting events. From world-class athletes and those working behind the scenes, to people living and working in the host boroughs for the 2012 Games, the project celebrates stories of inspirational achievement.
Road to 2012: Setting Out, the first year of the project, saw photographers Brian Griffin and Bettina von Zwehl capture athletes and inspirational figures involved at the start of the journey towards London 2012.
For Road to 2012: Changing Pace, the second year of the project, photographic portraits were created by Emma Hardy and Finlay MacKay. Hardy's intimate depictions of the men and women involved in the preparations for staging the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games show them in locations and pursuits where they might reflect or find inspiration. MacKay's complex scenarios capture world-class UK athletes where they train, alongside the people who are supporting their ambition.
For Road to 2012: Aiming High, the third year of the project, photographers Anderson & Low, Jillian Edelstein and Nadav Kander are following the final stages on the journey to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games looking at teams and those creating a lasting legacy. Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low have worked together since 1990. They are widely respected for their highly crafted images of athletes' physical perfection and endurance. Edelstein's award-winning work crosses a range of approaches to portraiture from documentary to studio. Nadav Kander has been invited to make a series of portraits for the final Road to 2012 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2012.
All of the commissioned images can be seen here alongside films of the sitters and photographers, behind-the-scenes images of the photo-shoots and audio giving an insider's view of the project.
An exhibition showcasing selected images from all the project photographers is at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 19 July to 23 September 2012.
An outdoor touring exhibition of images from the project will be at the heart of three of Britain's busiest cities with over thirty of the newly-commissioned portraits on show in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Birmingham throughout this spring and summer. All three venues have connections with the sitters and photographers on show.
The Road to 2012 project also includes participation projects that highlight local east London stories including perspectives on the changing landscape and the impact of the Games on the local environment. Young people and adults working, living and studying in the five host boroughs share their thoughts, hopes and aspirations.
Road to 2012 aims to inspire people across the country to share their own images and stories of the journey towards the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and invites creative contributions to this website.