POSTED: October 30th 2009

London 2012 captured for all time in Portrait Gallery project

Imagery of London 2012 / Brian Griffin National Portrait Gallery BT TRoad to 2012 Project
Imagery of London 2012 / Brian Griffin National Portrait Gallery BT TRoad to 2012 Project

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: An era which reveres the importance of image is being perfectly captured by London’s 2012 organisers and the National Portrait Gallery. The point was made by a convergence of the worlds of sports and fine arts in London at the gallery to view the initial creative results of a photographic contribution to the BT Road to 2012 project.

Lord Sebastian Coe, Dame Kelly Holmes and Sir Craig Reedie represented the Olympic movement with Gallery director Sandy Nairne taking the lead along with initial photographer Brian Griffin.

The photography is rather about the famous and not-so-famous faces behind the Games rather than the athletes. Over the next three years, 100 photographs will be created. The initial six images will be on display until November 5.

Coe said: “These portraits showcase the stories of some of the people who have already played a key role in inspiring, delivering and benefiting from London 2012.”

Paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, another sports ambassador on the bid team, and building apprentices are among future portrait subjects. Each new set of portraits will go on public display at galleries in each summer up to 2012.

The final display is to coincide with the staging of the Games, which will open 1,000 days from tomorrow (Saturday, October 31).

Keywords · London 2012 · Olympic Games · Coe · Grey-Thompson · National Portrait Gallery · Brian Griffin

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