The Road to 2012

The Road to 2012


As part of our commitment to telling the stories of the 2012 Games, we’ve worked with the National Portrait Gallery on a three-year project to recognise and record the people who are collectively making the London 2012 Games happen. NPG/BT Road to 2012 has captured the journey towards the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, working with internationally renowned photographers to create a lasting record of the people who are contributing to these exciting events.

The images show the athletes in training, those working behind the scenes, and the people living and working in the host boroughs of the Games, capturing and celebrating stories of inspirational achievement. All of the commissioned images can be seen on the dedicated project website alongside films of the sitters and photographers, behind-the-scenes images of the photo-shoots, and audio giving an insider's view of the project.

Dame Kelly Holmes and Lord Coe reveal the Brian Griffin portraits for the BT Road to 2012 project


An outdoor touring exhibition of images from the project will be at the heart of three of Britain's busiest cities – Cardiff, Edinburgh and Birmingham – with over thirty of the newly-commissioned portraits on show in the city centres throughout spring and summer of 2012. In addition an exhibition showcasing selected images from all the project photographers also runs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 19 July to 23 September 2012.

Getting involved

The Road to 2012 project also includes participation projects that highlight local east London stories including perspectives on the changing landscape and the impact of the Games on the local environment. Young people and adults working, living and studying in the five host boroughs share their thoughts, hopes and aspirations.

Road to 2012 aims to inspirepeople across the country to share their own images and stories of the journey towards the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, inviting creative contributions to the project website, and encouraging innovative ways to share in the excitement of preparations for the Games from a variety of unique perspectives.

The Brownlees by Finlay Mackay and Nathan Stephens by Bettina Von Zwehl