Artist

  1. Emma Hardy

    For Changing Pace, the second phase of work, Emma Hardy’s portraits captured the strategists, creatives, broadcasters, and many others involved in the preparation and staging of London 2012.

    Emma Hardy (b.1963) strips back photographic portraiture to the essentials: light, film in her camera, and her subject. This exacting approach requires a reciprocal trust between her and the sitter and the ensuing intimacy is a hallmark of her work.

    Hardy came to photography late. Her first commission for British Vogue in 2002 marked the beginning of ongoing work with leading magazines, including the New York Times and Vanity Fair, as well as commercial clients. Exceptional Youth, an earlier commission by the National Portrait Gallery, was displayed in 2006. Previously an actor, Hardy is aware of the scrutiny of the camera. She empathises with her subjects, allowing them to ‘fall into their own grace’.

    For the National Portrait Gallery/BT road to 2012 Project Hardy’s portraits of the men and women involved in the preparations and staging of the London 212 Olympic and Paralympic Games alluded to the thinking their roles demand. She shows them out of office, in locations and pursuits where they might reflect of find inspiration.

  2. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Chris Holmes b.1971

    by Emma Hardy

  3. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Sebastian Coe b.1956

    by Emma Hardy

  4. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Deborah Poulton b.1970

    by Emma Hardy

  5. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Roger Mosey b. 1958 and Adrian Warner b.1962

    by Emma Hardy

  6. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Sue Barker

    by Emma Hardy

  7. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Stella McCartney b.1971

    by Emma Hardy

  8. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Ruth MacKenzie b.1957

    by Emma Hardy

  9. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Michael Morpurgo b.1958 and Greg Nugent b.1973

    by Emma Hardy

  10. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Danny Boyle b.1956

    by Emma Hardy

  11. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Mark Tildesley b.1963

    by Emma Hardy

  12. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Suttirat Larlarb b.1971

    by Emma Hardy

  13. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Paul Deighton b.1956

    by Emma Hardy

  14. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Chris Townsend b.1956 and Charlie Wijeratna b.1967

    by Emma Hardy

  15. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Chris Allison b.1962

    by Emma Hardy

  16. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Gerry Pennell b.1959

    by Emma Hardy

  17. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Stephanie Forbes b.1993

    by Emma Hardy

  18. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Lewis Bown b.1993

    by Emma Hardy

  19. © Emma Hardy/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 2: Changing Pace
    Ian Morrissey b. 1973

    by Emma Hardy