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Birth year
1974

Lives in
Brighton, UK

Website

Schools
University of Sheffield, 1996, First

Representing galleries
Flowers Gallery

Tags
figurative, photography, modern, landscape, photographs, gallery, Photographer, landscape photography, documentary, social-documentary, Political

Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2014 Land and Sea
Towner
 
Statement

Simon Roberts (b.1974) is a British photographer based in Brighton, UK. He originally studied a BA Hons Degree in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield (1996), a subject which has informed much of his subsequent photographic practice. Often employing expansive landscape photographs, his approach is one of creating wide-ranging surveys of our time, which communicate on important social, economic and political issues.

Roberts has been exhibited widely with We English touring to over thirty national and international venues. He’s had solo shows at the National Media Museum, Bradford, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, and been included in numerous group exhibitions. Recent shows include Observers: British Photography and the British Scene (From the 1920s to Now) at Galeria de Arte SESI, Brazil, and Landmark: The Fields of Photography at Somerset House, London. His photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and Wilson Centre for Photography.

In recognition for his work, Roberts has received several awards including the Vic Odden Award (2007) - offered for a notable achievement in the art of photography by a British photographer, along with bursaries from the National Media Museum (2007), John Kobal Foundation (2008) and grants from Arts Council England (2007, 2010, 2011). He was commissioned as the official Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the 2010 General Election on behalf of the UK Parliament. In 2012 he was granted access by the International Olympic Committee to photograph the London Olympics. 

He has published two critically acclaimed monographs, Motherland (Chris Boot, 2007) and We English (Chris Boot, 2009). The latter was voted by Martin Parr as one of the best photography books of the past decade. More recently he has published The Election Project (2010) and This Is A Sign (2012). His third monograph, Pierdom will be published in September 2013 by Dewi Lewis Publishing.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Flowers Gallery (London, UK): Pierdom, September - October 2013
Flowers Gallery (London, UK): The Election Project, February – April 2013
Phos Fotografia (Chieri, Italy): We English, January - March 2013
MC2 Gallery (Milan, Italy): Pierdom, January - February 2013
4RT Contemporary (Lausanne, Switzerland): We English, December – January 2013
Swiss Cottage Gallery (London, UK): Let This Be a Sign, May - June 2012
Light House (Wolverhampton, UK): We English, January - March 2012
Pluie d'Images (Brittany, France): We English, January - February 2012
Centro Brasileiro Britânico (São Paulo, Brazil): We English, November – February 2012
Flowers Gallery (London, UK): We English, October - November 2011
Photaumnales Festival (Beauvais, France): We English, September - November 2011
UH Galleries, St Albans Museum (St Albans, UK): We English, July - September 2011
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (Brighton, UK): We English, May - August 2011
mac Gallery (Birmingham, UK): We English / Landscapes of Innocence & Experience, May – July 2011
mac Gallery (Birmingham, UK): The Election Project, April - June 2011
MC2 Gallery (Milan, Italy): We English, April - May 2011
Robert Morat Galerie (Hamburg, Germany): Motherland & We English, March - April 2011
Clocktower Gallery (Croydon, UK): We English, November – February 2011
EX3 Centro l’Arte Contemporanea (Firenze, Italy), Motherland, Homeland, Oct - November 2010
SIFEST Photography Festival (Savignano, Italy): We English, September - October 2010
UK Parliament, Portcullis House (London, UK): The Election Project, September - December 2010
National Media Museum (Bradford, UK): We English, March - September 2010
Bonington Gallery (Nottingham, UK): Motherland, Homeland, February - March 2010
South Hill Park Arts Centre (Bracknell, UK): We English, November 2009 – January 2010
The Photographers’ Gallery (London, UK): We English, September - November 2009
Klompching Gallery, (New York, US): We English, September - October 2009
FORMAT Festival (Derby, UK): Polyarnye Nochi, March - April 2009
Blank Gallery (Brighton, UK): Motherland- Landscapes of Longing, October 2008
Pingyao International Photo Festival (Pingyao, China): Motherland, September 2008
Belfast Exposed (Belfast, N.Ireland): Motherland, January - March 2008
Klompching Gallery (New York, US): Motherland, October-December 2007
Lodz Foto Festiwal (Lodz, Poland): Motherland, May 2007
Photofusion (London, UK): Motherland, April – May 2007
Pushkin House (London, UK): Motherland, March 2007
The Photographers’ Gallery (London, UK): Motherland, February - April 2007
Kaunas Photo Days Festival (Kaunas, Lithuania): Motherland, September – October 2006

Selected Group Exhibitions

Museum of London Docklands (London, UK): Estuary, May – October 2013
Somerset House (London, UK): Landmark: The Fields of Photography, March – April 2013
Galeria de Arte SESI (Sao Paulo, Brazil): Observers: British Photography and the British Scene (From the 1920s to Now), September – December 2012
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (Rome, Italy): Camera Work / FOTOGRAFIA – Festival Internazionale di Roma, September - October 2012
Belvedere Museum (Noorderlicht Photofestival, Netherlands); Terra Cognita, September - October 2012
Sifest (Savignano, Italy): Sin_Tesis, September - October 2012
Flowers Gallery (London, UK): Uncommon Ground, July – September 2012
Aubin Gallery (London, UK): The English Way, May - June 2012
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Perth, Australia): Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia & UK, February – April 2012
Klompching Gallery (New York, US): Land, June – July 2011
Carrousel du Louvre (Paris, France): Electric Vision: BMW Paris Photo Prize, November 2010
George Eastman House (Rochester, USA): What We’re Collecting: Art/Not-Art, August – October 2010
Krakow Photomonth (Krakow, Poland): Aktualizacja UK, May 2010
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, UK): Parrworld, October - January 2009
House of Sweden, FotoWeek DC (Washington, USA): What Lies Beneath: Nature & Urban Landscape in EU Photography, November 2009
Royal Academy (London, UK): 2009 Summer Exhibition, June - August 2009
C/O Berlin (Berlin, Germany): Visions of Our Time, Deutsche Börse Art Collection, May - July 2009
Royal Photographic Society (London, UK): 152nd International Print Exhibition, May – June 2009
Clifford Chance CIS Limited (Moscow, Russia): Motherland, May 2009
New York Photo Festival (New York, US): Home for Good, May 2009
Klompching Gallery (New York, US): Splash!, April – June 2009
Shinjuku, (Tokyo, Japan): This Day of Change, April – May 2009
Month of European Photography (Berlin, Germany): Blurring the Lines, November 2008
Vanderbilt University Law School (Nashville, Tennessee): Dialogues, October - December 2008
Royal Academy (London, UK): 2008 Summer Exhibition, June - August 2008
New York Photo Festival (New York, US): Portraiture, May 2008
Zeitgeist Art Gallery, (Nashville, Tennessee): Dialogues, May - June 2008
Royal Photographic Society (London, UK): 151st International Print Exhibition, May – June 2008
Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, US): This Land Is Your Land, February 2008
Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai, China): Unseen, January - March 2008
Association of Photographers Gallery (London, UK): Polyarnye Nochi, August 2007
Les Rencontres D'Arles (Arles, France): Motherland - Evening Projection, June 2007
Photo London, Old Billingsate (London, UK): Motherland, May 2007
Deutsche Börse Art Collection (Frankfurt, Germany): New Acquisitions, March - September 2007
Royal Photographic Society (London, UK): 150th International Print Exhibition, May – June 2007
Lennox Contemporary Gallery, (Toronto,Canada): Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation, November 2006
Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre (Paris, France): Motherland, November 2006
Kaunas Photo Days Festival (Kaunas, Lithuania): Motherland, September – October 2006
Descubrimientos PHE, PHotoEspaña Festival (Madrid, Spain): Motherland, June - July 2006
UNESCO Headquarters (Paris, France): Humanity Photo Awards, Summer 2005
Visa Pour L'Image (Perpignan, France): Eyes Wide Open - Evening Projection, September 2004
Visa Pour L'Image (Perpignan, France): Joop Swart Masterclass - Evening Projection, September 2004
PHotoEspaña (Madrid, June): The Wall - Evening Projection, June 2004
FOAM Gallery (Amsterdam, Holland), Enough - World Press Masterclass Exhibition, November 2003
Guardian Newsroom (London, UK), Observer Hodge Award, June 2003
Visa Pour L'Image (Perpignan, France): Desert Blast - Evening Projection, September 2002
British Pavilion, Expo 2000 (Hanover, Germany): The British People- A 1000 Faces, June 2000


Fellowships and Prizes

BNL - BNP Paribas Group Award, MIA Art Fair, Finalist (Italy), 2012
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Nomination for We English monograph (UK), 2011
Creative Review Photography Annual - Pierdom (UK), 2011
International Photography Awards, First Prize - Political category (USA), 2011
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention - Architecture category (USA), 2011
Arts Council England Grant (UK), 2011
BMW Paris Photo Prize, Shortlisted (France), 2010
Official Election Artist, House of Commons Works of Art Committee (UK), 2010
PDN Photo Annual, Best Photography Book - We English (USA), 2010
World Press Photo Award, Daily Life Stories, Third Prize (Netherlands), 2010
Arts Council England Grant (UK), 2010
Royal Photographic Society Fellowship Distinction (UK), 2009
EU Imagine a New World, Public's Favourite Award, Shortlisted (EU), 2009
Creative Review Photography Annual (UK), 2009
Photo Book Award, New York Photo Festival, Shortlisted for We English (USA), 2009
Nominated for KLM Paul Huff Award (Amsterdam), 2009
PDN Photo Annual, Motherland selected in Best Photography Book category (USA), 2008
American Photography 24 Annual (USA), 2008
Arts Council England Grant (UK), 2008
PDN Photo Annual, Best Book Category (USA), 2008
Arles Contemporary Book Award, Shortlist (France), 2007
Document Award, Association of Photographers Awards (UK), 2007
John Kobal Foundation Grant (UK), 2007
Lange–Paul Taylor Prize, Finalist (USA), 2007
Special Prize, Lodz Foto Festiwal (Poland), 2007
The Year's Best Photography Books, PHotoEspana Festival (Spain), 2007
Vic Odden Award, Royal Photographic Society Awards (UK), 2007
Alexia Foundation Grant, Highly Commended (USA), 2006
Arts Council England Grant (UK), 2006
Bright Spark Award, Magenta Foundation (Canada), 2006
Descubrimientos PHE06 PHotoEspaña Festival, Selected Participant (Spain), 2006
Getty Grant (USA), 2006
Photography Now - One Hundred Portfolios (USA), 2006
Review Santa Fe, Selected Participant (USA), 2006
PDN Photo Annual (USA), 2006, 2005, 2004
Best In Show, AOP Open Awards (UK), 2005
Photo District News’ PDN 30 Emerging Artist (USA), 2004
Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Foundation (Amsterdam), 2003
XIV Yann Geffroy Award, Honorable Mention (Italy), 2003

Publications

We English, Chris Boot Ltd, London, 2009
XL Photography 3. Hatje Cantz, Germany, 2007
Motherland, Chris Boot Ltd, London, 2007

Collections

Birmingham Central Library
Croydon Museum
Deutsche Börse Art Collection
George Eastman House
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
National Media Museum
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Pallant House Gallery
Parliamentary Art Collection
Swiss Cottage Gallery
Wilson Centre for Photography

Recent Exhibits

Simon Roberts participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 Didn't We Have a Lovely Time...
The Photographers' Gallery
 
Jul, 2014 Pierdom
Towner
 
Nov, 2013 Pierdom
KLOMPCHING GALLERY
 
Sep, 2013 Pierdom
Flowers | Kingsland Road
 
Mar, 2013 Landmark: The Fields of Photography
Somerset House Trust
 
Feb, 2013 The Election Project / In Seven Days
Flowers | Kingsland Road
 
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