Artist

  1. Jillian Edelstein

    For Aiming High, the final series of portraits for the project, Edelstein portrayed those involved in the final preparations for Games Time and the specialists responsible for the on-going transformation in east London.

    Relishing different ways of using photography, Jillian Edelstein has built an award-winning career in both portraiture and photojournalism.

    Born in South Africa, Edelstein (b.1957) worked as a press photographer before moving to London in 1985. Her first job with 'The Sunday Times' led to portrait commissions from top international magazines including the 'New York Times' and 'Vanity Fair'. In 'Truth and Lies' (2001), a powerful project on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and her new book, 'Here and There: An Expedition of Sorts', she weaves together portraiture, photojournalism and landscape.

    For the Road to 2012, Edelstein drew on her passion for film to create cinematic vignettes with her sitters. She uses intriguing locations, and carefully crafted lighting to reference the stories behind the final preparations for Games Time and the legacy work in the East End of London.


  2. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Jan Matthews b.1961

    by Jillian Edelstein

  3. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Cecil Balmond b.1943

    by Jillian Edelstein

  4. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Fiona Banner b.1966 and Bob & Roberta Smith b.1963

    by Jillian Edelstein

  5. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Mark Bensted b.1958 and Billy Smith b.1944

    by Jillian Edelstein

  6. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Martin Creed b.1968

    by Jillian Edelstein

  7. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Stephen Daldry b.1960

    by Jillian Edelstein

  8. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Margaret Ford b.1957 and Eleanor Fawcett b.1978

    by Jillian Edelstein

  9. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Martin Green b.1971

    by Jillian Edelstein

  10. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Hamish Hamilton b.1966

    by Jillian Edelstein

  11. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Peter Hendy b.1953 and Graham Jones b.1960

    by Jillian Edelstein

  12. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Boris Johnson b.1964

    by Jillian Edelstein

  13. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Gerard O’Sullivan b.1964 and George Whitelock b.1993

    by Jillian Edelstein

  14. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Philip Sheppard b.1969

    by Jillian Edelstein

  15. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Catherine Ugwu b.1964

    by Jillian Edelstein

  16. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Anish Kapoor b.1954

    by Jillian Edelstein

  17. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge b.1982 with (left to right) Sally Walton b.1981, Georgie Twigg b.1990 and Karen brown b.1963

    by Jillian Edelstein

  18. © Jillian Edelstein/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Robert Hillier b.1943

    by Jillian Edelstein