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David Beckham

by Nadav Kander
digital chromogenic print, May 2002
37 in. x 29 1/2 in. (939.8 mm x 749.3 mm)
Given by Nadav Kander, 2002
Photographs Collection
NPG x125379

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  • Nadav Kander (1961-), Photographer. Artist or producer of 25 portraits.

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Kander’s dark, unsettling portrait provides a counterpoint to the many public images of Beckham as a footballer, businessman, fashion model and UNICEF ambassador that have contributed to his international cultural status. His intense stare and blurred likeness evoke the energy and focus that made him a footballing success.

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Current affairs

2002 was an eventful year for the Royal Family, highlighted by the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations, but marred by the death of Princess Margaret, followed just three months later by the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at the age of 101 (making her the longest lived royal in British History).

Art and science

The relationship between two of the greatest modern masters is celebrated in Tate Modern's blockbuster exhibition Matisse Picasso. By exhibiting their works side-by-side, the show revealed the relationship between the two artists from 1906-54.
The 'Party at the Palace' concert in celebration of the Queen's Jubilee brings together stars from the last 50 years of Pop: Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Brian Wilson, Queen, Ozzy Osbourne and Elton John.


Terrorist bombing attacks on the Island of Bali in Indonesia leave 202 people dead, including 25 Britons. The three attacks took place in a bar, outside a nightclub and outside the United States consulate, and were aimed at foreign tourists, although many locals were also killed or injured. The Islamist group Jemaah Islamiyah were found guilty of perpetrating the attacks.

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