A couple of weeks ago I went to see this exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery in London and found it truly inspirational. Not only from the photographic point of via, but on so many different levels. Viewing so many beautiful photographs and reading the stories behind the images was a really humbling experience.
In this post I would like to write about the photographer Jillian Edelstein. I saw a number of her portraits of people behind the scenes of organising the London Olympic Games but I absolutely loved her portrait of Jan Matthews, the Head of Catering, Cleaning and Waste for the London OLympic Games.
For Aiming High, the final series of portraits for the project, Edelstein portrayed those involved in the final preparations for Games Time and the specialists responsible for the on-going transformation in east London.
Relishing different ways of using photography, Jillian Edelstein has built an award-winning career in both portraiture and photojournalism.
Born in South Africa, Edelstein (b.1957) worked as a press photographer before moving to London in 1985. Her first job with ‘The Sunday Times’ led to portrait commissions from top international magazines including the ‘New York Times’ and ‘Vanity Fair’. In ‘Truth and Lies’ (2001), a powerful project on
the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and her new book, ‘Here and There: An Expedition of Sorts’, she weaves together portraiture, photojournalism and landscape.
For the Road to 2012, Edelstein drew on her passion for film to create cinematic vignettes with her sitters. She uses intriguing locations, and carefully crafted lighting to reference the stories behind the final preparations for Games Time and the legacy work in the East End of London.
via Road to 2012.