This free exhibition of photographic portraits celebrates athletes and those working behind the scenes to make the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games happen and includes new work by the most recently commissioned photographers.
The three-year National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project followed the journey that began in 1997 when London prepared to bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. BT, the official communications services partner for London 2012, and a Premier Partner of the London Festival has supported the National Portrait Gallery to create this lasting record of the people contributing to the success of the world’s biggest sporting event.
Independent journalist, painter and aphorist (Grand Prix winner of the seventh edition of Aphoristic Contest in Nowy Targ, 2005).
Photorgaphy for the last 25 years has been an important part of his life, but it’s become his true passion few years ago. The former chairman of FOTOSIS (an association of photographers), Sieradz. Currently, a freelance photographer. Has exhibited his works in cities of Pabianice, Słupsk, Ostrołęka.
Prefers square frames & black and white pictures but doesn’t shun colours. In his photomanipulative works he seeks mood, joke and universal symbols, which can strike, make the viewer contemplate or laugh.
Michael Thompson was born and raised in Washington State, where he was first introduced to photography at his father’s small portrait studio. He spent his summers working with his father, then, after graduating from high school, he earned a degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography. After completing his schooling, Michael Thompson moved to New York City and began assisting the legendary photographer, Irving Penn.
Michael Thompson has since photographed models and celebrities for countless prestigious fashion magazines, including W, Details, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and The New York Times Magazine.