Simon Roberts

Lives & works: UK

Simon Roberts (1974) is a British photographic artist whose work deals with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity and belonging. Often employing expansive tableaux photographs, his approach is one of creating wide-ranging surveys of our time, which examine contemporary economic, cultural and political landscapes.  His photographs are taken with great technical precision, from elevated positions. The distanced vantage point allows the relationship of individual bodies and groups to the landscape to be clearly observed, and echoes the visual language of history painting.

His work has been exhibited widely with solo shows at the National Media Museum in Bradford (UK), the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (Italy), and the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow (Russia). Recent group exhibitions include Observers: British Photography and the British Scene (From the 1930s to Now) at Galeria de Arte do SESI in São Paulo (Brazil); and Unfamiliar Familiarities: Outside Views on Switzerland, at Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur (Switzerland). His photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman Museum, the Art Collection Deutsche Börse, and the Wilson Centre for Photography.

Roberts was recently made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and in 2010 was, in the capacity of official Election Artist, commissioned by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the 2010 UK General Election. He has published three monographs: Motherland (Chris Boot, 2007), We English (Chris Boot, 2009), and Pierdom (Dewi Lewis, 2013), and his work has been reproduced in many publications. His fourth monograph, Merrie Albion, will be released in November 2017.

Outside of his own professional practice, Roberts is an active public speaker and holds a position as a visiting lecturer on the European Master of Fine Art Photography course at IED Madrid. He is involved with several not for profit organisations, serving as a trustee of Photoworks and a patron of Photofusion. He is a member of the European photographic collective, Piece of Cake.

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