13 July – 9 September 2012
Centenary Way, Birmingham

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Photograph (above): Soil Engineers (Antonn Russek, David Skerritt, Stephen Deeble, Clare Staveley) photographed by Brian Griffin 5 October 2009, Olympic Park, London.

National Portrait Gallery / BT Road to 2012
Artists' talks in Birmingham

The National Portrait Gallery, Birmingham Library, Birmingham City University and Birmingham Museums present a series of talks by photographers commissioned to make work for the National Portrait Gallery / BT Road to 2012 project.

Brian Griffin: Inspired by Art
Friday 13th July
1.00-2.00pm, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Meet in the Round Room at 1.00pm

Brian Griffin will lead a short walking tour to discuss some of the key paintings in the Birmingham Collection which have inspired his photography and his portraits of the visionaries who won the bid to the host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the individuals responsible for designing and building the Olympic Park and venues.

Bettina von Zwehl
Tuesday 17th July

Library Theatre, Chamberlain Square

Bettina von Zwehl was invited to make a series of portraits of athletes on location and develop an approach that would give the viewer a sense of personal encounter with her sitters. Travelling across the country with her assistant and husband David Robinson, von Zwehl photographed the athletes in settings where they live or train. Robinson's control of light and von Zwehl's concentrated engagement with her subjects result in meditative observations of face, physique and mood.

Anderson & Low
Monday 23rd July

Lecture Theatre, School of Art, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design
Margaret Street, Birmingham City University.

Anderson & Low discuss the portraits they made for the Road to 2012. Invited to photograph elite athletes and key support staff from some of the UK's most successful sports they drew on their interest in fine art and architecture to develop a formal approach. With virtuoso lighting, carefully selected locations, and meticulously positioned sitters they create timeless tableaux.

Free admission to all talks.