Road to 2012: Aiming High at the National Portrait Gallery

19 July – 23 September 2012
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London

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.

Over the period, photographers Anderson & Low, Jillian Edelstein, Brian Griffin, Emma Hardy, Nadav Kander, Finlay MacKay, and Bettina von Zwehl were invited to work with the Gallery. They created more than one hundred specially commissioned portraits that celebrate exceptional British athletes, coaches and managers, and some of the people working behind the scenes in the many roles crucial to staging the Games from transport, and engineering, to food, music and art. East London photographer Katherine Green also captured the perspectives of young people and adults living and working in the Olympic host boroughs.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE
Transport: Charing Cross
Telephone:020 7306 0055
http://www.npg.org.uk
Daily 10am-6pm, Thur & Fri until 9pm
Free Daily 10.00-18.00, Thursdays and Fridays until 21.00

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