Simon Roberts

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Equestrian Jumping Individual, Greenwich Park, London, 2012 C Type 40 X 48", Edition Of 4 © © Simon Roberts
Women's Beach Volleyball, Horseguards Parade, London, 2012 C Type 40 X 48", Edition Of 4 © © Simon Roberts
Gordon Brown, Labour, Rochdale, 2010 C Type 40 X 48", Edition Of 3 © © Simon Roberts
Esther Rantzen, Independent Rantzen, Caddington, 2010 C Type 40 X 48", Edition Of 3 © © Simon Roberts
David Cameron, Conservative, Spelsbury, 2010 C Type 40 X 48", Edition Of 3 © © Simon Roberts
Blackpool Promenade, Lancashire, 2008 C Type 40 X 48", Edition Of 3 © © Simon Roberts
Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, 2008 C Type 40x48", Edition Of 3 © © Simon Roberts
Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire., 2008 C Type 40 X 48", Edition Of 3 © Simon Roberts
Holkham National Nature Reserve, Norfolk, 2008 C Type 40" X 48", Edition Of 3 © Simon Roberts
Mad Maldon Mud Race, River Blackwater, Essex., 2008 C Type 40 X 48", Edition Of 3 © Simon Roberts
Keynes Country Park Beach, Gloucestershire., 2008 C Type 40 X 48", Edition Of 3 © Simon Roberts
Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station, Nottinghamshire, 2008 C Type 40 X 48", Edition Of 3 © Simon Roberts
Lingmell Fell, Wasdale Valley, Cumbria, 2008 C Type 40 X 48", Edition Of 3 © Simon Roberts
South Downs Way, West Sussex , 2007 C Type 40 X 48", Edition Of 3 © Courtesy of the Artist and Flowers
Alexandrovsk Port, 2004 Digital C Type Print 33" X 40" © Simon Roberts
Camping with Sasha and Paval, 2004 Digital C Type Print 33" X 40" © Simon Roberts
Abandoned Warship in the Kola Bay, Northern Russia, 2005 Digital C Type Print 33" X 40" © Simon Roberts
Meat Market, 2005 Digital C Type Print 33" X 40" © Simon Roberts
Russian Banya, 2005 Digital C Type Print 33" X 40" © Simon Roberts
David Cameron, Conservative, Spelsbury, 6th May 2010 (Witney constituency) © Courtesy of the Artist and Flowers
Western-Super-Mare Grand, 2011 Photography: C Type 48" X 60" © Simon Roberts
Weston-Super-Mare Grand , 2011 C Type 48" X 60" © Simon Roberts
Teignmouth Grand Pier, Devon-, July 2011 Fujicolour Crystal Archive Print 122 X 152 Cm / 48 X 60 Inch © Courtesy of the Artist and Flowers
Teignmouth Grand Pier, Devon, July 2011 Fujicolour Crystal Archive Print 122 X 152 Cm / 48 X 60 Inch © Courtesy of the Artist and Flowers
Eastbourne Pier, from the series Pierdom , 2014 © Courtesy of the artist & The Towner
Quick Facts
Birth year
Lives in
Brighton, UK
University of Sheffield, 1996, First
Representing galleries
Flowers Gallery (UK), Flowers Gallery (USA), Robert Morat Galerie (Hamburg/ Berlin), MC2 Gallery (Milan), Galerie Heinzer Reszler (Switzerland)
Political, social-documentary, documentary, landscape photography, Photographer, gallery, photographs, landscape, modern, photography, figurative

Simon Roberts (b.1974) is a British photographer whose work deals with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity and belonging. His large format photographs are taken with great technical precision, often 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.

He has exhibited widely and his photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and Wilson Centre for Photography. In 2010 he was commissioned as the official Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the General Election on behalf of the UK Parliamentary Art Collection. In 2012 he was granted access by the International Olympic Committee to photograph the London Olympics and most recently was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

He has published three critically acclaimed monographs, Motherland (Chris Boot, 2007), We English (Chris Boot, 2009) – voted as one of the best photography books of the past decade – and Pierdom (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2013).


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Verey Gallery (Eton, UK): Landscapes of Innocence and Experience, January – April 2015
Galerie Heinzer Reszler (Lausanne, Switzerland 2015): The Last Moment, January 2015
Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow, Russia 2014): Landscape Studies of a Small Island, April – May 2014
Turner Contemporary (Margate, UK 2014): Pierdom National Exhibition, June – September 2014
BredaPhoto (Breda, Holland 2014): Pierdom, September – October 2014
Klompching Gallery (New York, USA 2013): Pierdom, November – December 2013
Flowers Gallery (London, UK): Pierdom, September - October 2013
Flowers Gallery (London, UK): The Election Project, February – April 2013
Phos Fotografia (Chieri, Italy 2013): We English, January – March 2013
MC2 Gallery (Milan, Italy 2013): Pierdom, January – February 2013
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

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (Sunderland, UK): Show Me The Money, June – August 2014
Deutsche Börse AG (Frankfurt, Germany): Human Nature, October – December 2014
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

Source-Cord Prize, Shortlisted (UK), 2014
Arts Council England Grant (UK), 2014
Honorary Fellowship, Royal Photographic Society (UK), 2013
North East Photography Network commission (UK), 2013
Bristol Royal Infirmary Redevelopment commission (UK), 2013
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


Pierdom, Dewi Lewis, London, 2013
We English, Chris Boot Ltd, London, 2009
XL Photography 3. Hatje Cantz, Germany, 2007
Motherland, Chris Boot Ltd, London, 2007


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