The exhibition is curated by Marianne Kapfer, Berlin.
Bben Drauf – On Top: Four photographic perspectives with Bernd & Hilla Becher, Matthias Koch, Simon Roberts and Peter Hebeisen at Photobastei in Zurich.
Runs from 19 April 2018 to 03. June 2018.
“On top” stands for an elevated position as a working method and as a photographic perspective.The exhibition presents four such positions – all landscape shots from the point of view of an elevated viewpoint: icons of industrial photography by Bernd & Hilla Becher, pictures of the Atlantic Wall of her master student Matthias Koch, “European battlefields” by Swiss Peter Hebeisen and “Sight Sacralization: (Re) framing Switzerland” by renowned English photographer Simon Roberts. In addition, the artists use photography as a medium of documentation and reflection. They show places that are historical or meaningful.
The exhibition is curated by Marianne Kapfer, Berlin.
Photo: Detail from Brighton Beach, 2007
Opening in March 2018, The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the present is a major new exhibition exploring Britain’s relationship with the seaside through the lenses of the nation’s best loved photographers, Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts.
Many of us in Britain look back with fondness on memories of paddles in the sea and picnics on the promenade. Yet the seaside can also be a place of faded glory and acute deprivation. These tensions have provided fertile ground for documentary photographers who have sought to capture the ambiguities and eccentricities that define a day at the British seaside.
Read an article in The British Journal of Photography about the show, Celebrating the seaside at the National Maritime Museum.
Discover the lives and careers of Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn, and Simon Roberts and hear in their own words what draws them to the seaside, Photographers at the seaside.
Buy the accompanying book here, The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the Present. Published to accompany the 2018 National Maritime Museum exhibition The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the Present, this book showcases over 100 photographs, including material from each of the photographers’ archival collections, newly commissioned works, and never-before-seen images.
Photograph: Southampton Fragment #1, 2018 © Simon Roberts
As part of Southampton Science and Engineering Festival I will be participating in the panel discussion:
The City That Lost Its Sea:
Reconnecting Southampton With Its Watery Past, Present, And Future.
Thursday, March 15th 2018 @ Doors open at 18:30 (for a 19:00 start). Finishing at 20:30.
Southampton owes its existence to the sea, but how many of its citizens even see the water, from day to day? The port’s development has seen its settlement successively recede from the sea that is its raison d’etre. In its economic success, the city has been disconnected by its own expansion from the element that sustains it. In the process, its stories have been concealed: narratives of identity and migration, of resource and exploitation. What effect has this had on the city’s culture, its human and natural history? Four panellists with vividly different experiences of this story come together, from the arts and the sciences, to discuss how Southampton lost its sea, and how it might be regained. Panellists: Professor Rachel Mills, Professor Philip Hoare, Professor Meric Srokosz and Simon Roberts.
Doors open at 18:30 (for a 19:00 start). Finishing at 20:30.
John Hansard Gallery, Studio 144, Guildhall Square, Southampton, SO14 7DU
Wednesday 18th April 2018
David Hurn and Simon Roberts, two leading British photographers from two different generations, will be in conversation at The Photographers’ Gallery covering a wide range of topics such as education, forging a career in photography, authoring major bodies of work, and their different approaches on documenting their home countries of Wales and England respectively.
Hurn and Roberts exhibit together at the National Maritime Museum in The Great British Seaside alongside photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr, running 23 March to 30 September 2018.
Tuesday 6th March 2018
To coincide with the exhibition and publication Merrie Albion – Landscape Studies of a Small Island, Flowers Gallery will host a panel discussion chaired by Curator of Photographs at V&A, Susannah Brown. Joining her is exhibiting artist, Simon Roberts and contributing writers David Chandler, Professor of Photography at Plymouth University and Alex Vasudevan, Associate Professor in Human Geography at The University of Oxford.
Book using this link .
Runs until 10th March 2018.
See installation photographs here: https://www.flowersgallery.com/exhibitions/view/simon-roberts-merrie-albion#works
For over a decade, Simon Roberts has photographed events and places across Britain that have drawn people together in public, reflecting on the nature of our shared histories and communal experiences.
Merrie Albion – Landscape Studies of a Small Island brings together iconic images and many previously unpublished photographs, recording social practices and customs linked to the British landscape, as well as some of the economic and political theatre that has helped define recent history.
The work in the exhibition ranges across various projects, both commissioned and independently produced over the last ten years, from single photographs made around the time of Roberts’s major photographic project We English, to his subsequent work as the official artist of the General Election of 2010, and his series National Property: The Picturesque Imperfect.
While Roberts’s interests have often gravitated towards evolving patterns of leisure, and the complex relationship between history, place and culture, he has also photographed events that have a more immediate, topical significance in Britain’s recent past, and which collectively form a detached visual chronicle of the times in which we live.
In works such as Broadstairs Dickens Festival, Isle of Thanet, the landscape resembles a stage set for the costumed characters performing on the beach. Other examples of collective gatherings range from religious festivals, such as Eid al-Fitr Celebrations, Jamia Mosque, Bristol; or social and political events represented in After the Riots, London Road, Croydon, and the recent photograph Grenfell Tower, North Kensington, London.
Creating a view of contemporary society that is far from straightforward, Roberts critically conflates the traditional genre of landscape with social documentary, layering ideas of national character through relationships to both place and particular moments in time.
Of his work David Chandler, Professor of Photography at University of Plymouth, has said: “Roberts’s work presents the viewer with complex relationships between people and places and incongruous juxtapositions of history and contemporary culture that create gentle ironies and underlying tensions across the images. Played out through particular local and regional contexts, it is these tensions that ultimately deny any consistency of mood and resist the coherent, and possibly seductive sense of binding national characteristics.”
You can download the press release here.
Flowers Gallery is pleased to present the 35th edition of the annual Small is Beautiful exhibition, which will take place at the Cork Street gallery. Small is Beautiful was first established at Flowers Gallery in 1974, inviting selected contemporary artists working in any media to present works with a fixed economy of scale, each piece measuring no more than 7 x 9 inches.
On display and Available Online will be works by more than 100 artists, offering a rare opportunity to purchase smaller pieces by internationally recognised names and discover new talents working across a range of media.
The works from Small is Beautiful are now available to purchase from Flowers Gallery’s online store: www.flowersgallery.com/shop.
The Coliseum is the most visited monument in the world but also a place that has undergone many transformations until getting to be almost a pop icon. Starting from March 8, 2017 a major exhibition will reveal its hidden history after the fall of Rome, from medieval fortresses to slaughterhouses. Enriched by the unpublished results of recent excavations and restoration works, the “Coliseum. An icon” exhibition goes beyond the narrative of the Caesars to retrace the site’s long life over the centuries, from its little-known commercial, residential and religious purposes in the Middle Ages to the present day. More than one hundred works will be on display, including ancient artifacts, drawings, paintings, scale models, photographs and a rich anthology of films.
Six chronologically arranged sections will explain the monument’s historical and cultural impact on different fields: from painting to restoration projects, from architecture to urban planning, from entertainment to literature, sociology and politics. In the course of its history, the Coliseum has been the protagonist of many pepla movies and Italian neorealist films; even contemporary art depicts the Flavian Amphitheatre as the emblem of the Eternal City through an endless number of paintings, installations, performances, videos and photographs while Roman Pop Art elevated it to an iconic role.
My new monograph, Merrie Albion, will be officially unveiled at this year’s Paris Photo Fair.
Flowers Gallery will be displaying a special edition portfolio of the work on their booth, Stand A2 and I will be doing a book signing with Dewi Lewis Publishing on Friday 10 November at 4pm on Stand H5.
Paris Photo takes place from November 9th to November 12th, 2017.