|Olympic Athletes: rowing, equestrian and sailing by Anderson & Low|
Men's Rowing Eight, Ann Dunham, Alexandra Richam and Nicki Birrell
|Olympic Gamesmakers by Nadav Kander|
Portrait photography is not usually "my thing", however I've been increasingly impressed with how much more adventurous portrait photographers are when compared to some portrait painters.
What struck me about the exhibition was how very individual the styles of the photographers are - and how excellent some of the portaits are.
The nature of the website also made me think that these Olympic Games and these Olympic athletes are probably going to be the most photographed/facebooked/tweeted in Olympic History. There's a television channel for every venue and every event!
The real strength of this Exhibition will be in whether it's an Exhibition which people will be keen to see both during and after the Games - as they take a close look at some of those people who will have "made their mark" on our lives.
In the meantime do take a look at the website which provides you with all the images in the three exhibitions.
The photographs in the Aiming High exhibition are by:
- Anderson & Low - photographed both athletes, support staff and administrators typically photographed in their places of training and natural environments. This is a video Interview with Anderson & Low
"We're trying to bring stillness into exertion....we're not interested in realism or naturalism, we're interested in truth"
- Nadav Kander - photographed talented young athletes and the torch bearers. I particularly liked his striking monochromatic studies which displayed their athletic build to a much greater degree than colour film.
|Nadev Kander and his photographs of young Olympic athletes|
- Jillian Edelstein was asked to portray all those involved in the final preparations for the games - from the man who supplied the trees to the woman who's responsible for all the catering. I found a lot to like in the room devoted to her work
|Part of Jillian Edelstein's Road to 2012 Portfolio|
|Jillian Edelstein with Boris Johnson and a London news crew|
|The Road to 2012 - images from Years 1 and 2|
It follows two earlier exhibitions. in 2010 and 2011. Links to the work of those photographers are included in their names.
- Road to 2012: Setting Out in 2010
the first year of the project, saw photographers Brian Griffin and Bettina von Zwehl capture athletes and inspirational figures involved at the start of the journey towards London 2012.
- Road to 2012: Changing Pace
the second year of the project, photographic portraits were created by Emma Hardy and Finlay MacKayA free outdoor exhibition was also displayed in
- Cardiff on (30 March - 27 May 2012)
- before travelling to the Mound in Edinburgh (1 June - 8 July 2012)
- and then Birmingham (13 July - 9th September 2012).