Artist

  1. Nadav Kander

    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.

  2. © Nadav Kander/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Jodie Williams b.1993

    by Nadav Kander

  3. © Nadav Kander/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Rhyania Blackett-Codrington b.1983

    by Nadav Kander

  4. © Nadav Kander/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Jon-Allan Butterworth b.1986

    by Nadav Kander

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    Year 3: Aiming High
    Ilan Davies b.1995

    by Nadav Kander

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    Year 3: Aiming High
    Diana Gould b.1912

    by Nadav Kander

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    Year 3: Aiming High
    Jade Jones b.1993

    by Nadav Kander

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    Year 3: Aiming High
    Abtisam Mohamed b.1980

    by Nadav Kander

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    Year 3: Aiming High
    Callum Pattinson b.1998

    by Nadav Kander

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    Year 3: Aiming High
    Kenneth Reid b.1959

    by Nadav Kander

  11. © Nadav Kander/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Sandeep Shetty b.1979 represented by his wife Selina

    by Nadav Kander

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    Year 3: Aiming High
    Victor Spence b.1934

    by Nadav Kander

  13. © Nadav Kander/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Andy Tutte b.1968

    by Nadav Kander

  14. © Nadav Kander/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Sandra Watts b.1967

    by Nadav Kander

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    Year 3: Aiming High
    Lawrence Okoye b.1991

    by Nadav Kander