For Aiming High, two sequences by Nadav Kander concluded the commissions. Dramatic images of talented young athletes contrast with his quiet, sensitive approach to the Torch Bearers selected to carry the Olympic flame.
Israeli-born Nadav Kander (b.1961) holds a key position in contemporary British photography. He traces his passion for photography back to his teenage years in South Africa where he grew up.
Since settling in London in 1982 Kander has built a multi-award winning career. Two diverse projects in 2009 augmented his international reputation; the New York Times commission to make 52 portraits of the Obama Administration, later exhibited as Obama’s People and his landscape work in China,Yangtze - 'The Long River', which won the prestigious Prix Pictet prize.
For the 'Road to 2012', Kander’s compelling portraits of talented young athletes, ‘Rising Stars’, reference the iconic black and white portraits of the 1940s and 1950s. Using dramatic lighting, and the interplay of highlights and dense rich shadows he focuses on the vulnerability he observed in his sitters. His series, Torch Bearers, depicts ten of the 8000 inspirational people from across the UK who were nominated by someone they know to carry the Olympic flame. In quiet sensitive portraits Kander floats his sitters above the ground alluding to their inspirational stories and the transforming experience of running with the torch.