Simon Roberts

Biography

Simon Roberts (*1974, London, UK) is a British photographic artist whose work deals with the socio-cultural meaning of 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 and his photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman Museum, the Art Collection Deutsche Börse, and the V&A Collection. He 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.

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 lives and works in Brighton.

Simon Roberts (*1974, London, UK) beschäftigt sich in seiner fotografischen Arbeit mit der sozio-kulturellen Bedeutung von Landschaft und Vorstellungen von Identität und Zugehörigkeit. Seine oft großformatigen Farbfotografien sind meist Teil von umfangreichen Untersuchungen zu wirtschaftlichen, kulturellen und politischen Aspekten von Landschaft. Seine Fotografien werden mit großer technischer Präzision von erhöhtem Standpunkt aus aufgenommen, der es erlauben, die Beziehung der einzelnen Körper und Gruppen zur Landschaft klar zu beobachten und der die visuelle Sprache der Historienmalerei zitiert.

Seine Arbeiten wurden intensiv international ausgestellt und finden sich in wichtigen öffentlichen und privaten Sammlungen, darunter der des George Eastman Museum, der Art Collection Deutsche Börse und der Victoria & Albert Collection. Er wurde kürzlich zum Ehrenmitglied der Royal Photographic Society ernannt. 2010 war er als offizieller Wahlkünstler vom Commons Work of Art Committee beauftragt worden, einen Bericht über die allgemeinen Wahlen des Vereinigten Königreichs 2010 zu erstellen.

Simon Roberts ist Gastdozent der European Master of Fine Art Photography Klasse am IED Madrid. Er lebt und arbeitet in Brighton.

2017
“Unfamiliar familiarities“, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2015
“Work, Rest & Play: British Photography”, Minsheng Museum, Shanghai, China
2015
“Landscape Studies of a Small Island”, Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria
2014
“Landscape Studies of a Small Island“, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
2011
“We English”, Centro Brasileiro Britânico, São Paulo, Brazil
2010
“Motherland, Homeland”, EX3 Centro l’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
2010
“We English”, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK
2010
„What We’re Collecting: Art/Not-Art“, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, USA
2009
“Visions of Our Time; Deutsche Börse Art Collection“, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2008
“This Land Is Your Land”, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, US
2016
Rome Commission / British Council Grant
2013
Honorary Fellowship, Royal Photographic Society
2010
Official Election Artist, House of Commons Works of Art Committee
2008
John Kobal Foundation Grant
2007
National Media Museum Bursary Award

Green Lungs of the City

Editions Bessard, Paris, France

Unfamiliar Familiarities: Outside Views on Switzerland

Lars Müller Publishers, Zurich, Switzerland

Merrie Albion – Landscape Studies of a Small Island

Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, UK

Landscapes of Innocence & Experience

Verey Gallery, Eton, UK

Pierdom

Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, UK

This is a Sign

self-published

We English

Chris Boot, London, UK

Motherland

Chris Boot, London, UK

Exhibitions