Exhibition: Road To 2012 National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hannah Whelan, Jenni Pinches, Beth Tweddle, Rebecca Tunney: Photographed by Anderson & Low,17 Nov 2011, City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club © Anderson & Low – National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project

A host of top photographers, a range of different perspectives, and enough different portrait subjects to fill a triathalon, the Road To 2012 at London’s National Gallery takes a fresh look at sport and the Olympics. But how does the show look now, after the main event? Art Director Tanya Lefevre reviews

Who:

Photographers Anderson & Low, Jillian Edelstein, Brian Griffin, Emma Hardy, Nadav Kander, Finlay MacKay and Bettina von Zwehl.

Selina Shetty on behalf of Sandeep Photographed by Nadav Kander, 16 April 2012, London © Nadav Kander – National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project

Callum Pattinson Photographed by Nadav Kander, 17 April 2012, London © Nadav Kander – National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project

What:

3 years of work commissioned by the National Gallery to document the preparation for 2012 and provide a legacy in the Gallery’s permanent collection. Featuring everyone from athletes to architects.

Charles Van Commenee and Ed Warner. Photographed by Anderson & Low, 9 Feb 2012, Loughborough High Performance Centre © Anderson & Low – National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project

Decisive Moment:

Brian Griffin’s witty portraits of the 2012 Bid Team…couldn’t help but think of the BBC’s comedy Twenty Twelve!

Jim Heverin (b1969), Zaha Hadid (b1950), Stuart Fraser (b1946) and Mike King (b1968), Photographer Brian Griffin, Olympic Park, London. © Brian Griffin - National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

Trend:

Human not Hero.

Jessica Ennis, Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. Photographer Bettina von Zwehl ©Bettina von Zwehl - National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

Katherine Grainger, Bisham Abbey, Marlow. Photographer Bettina von Zwehl © Bettina von Zwehl - National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

Question you would like to ask the image-maker:

Having seen the athletes in action at the Olympics would you portray them differently?

Fiona Banner and Bob and Roberta Smith Photographed by Jillian Edelstein, 3 April 2012, E. Pellicci’s café, London © Jillian Edelstein – National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project

Click for more info on The Road To 2012 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, 19 JULY – 23 SEPTEMBER

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