My photograph ‘Abandoned Warship in the Kola Bay, Murmansk, Russia, 2005’ from Motherland is included in the book 1001 Photographs: You Must See Before You Die.
Publisher: Cassell (7 Sept. 2017)
From the oldest surviving photograph from 1826, to Trump’s election win in 2016, this is a chronological tour through the greatest images ever captured, and an all-inclusive guide to the art of photography.
The book is available here.
An interview and selection of my work published in the May 2015 issue of Von Magazine, download a pdf here.
Here’s a few sample spreads….
The exhibition ‘Human Nature: 15 years of Art Collection Deutsche Börse’ opens at NRW-Forum on 30 January until 19 April 2015 and includes prints from my Motherland series.
“Human Nature” shows artistic positions that deal with the relationship between man and nature. These are presented photographically in a diversity of landscapes. The presentation of nature far away from civilization and the man-made changes in landscape are discussed, as well as the adaptation of man to his self-created environment.
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Prints from my Motherland series are included in the exhibition ‘Human Nature: 15 years of Art Collection Deutsche Börse’ (see installation shot above).
This year Deutsche Börse will have been collecting contemporary photography for fifteen years. For this reason we will show a big anniversary exhibition in our premises from 1 October. The exhibition “Human Nature. 15 years of Art Collection Deutsche Börse ” will present around 125 works by 24 artists of the collection.
The show will tour to the NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf end of January and thus be shown in a great public exhibition space as part of the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend and until April.
For more information about the collection, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ArtCollectionDeutscheBoerse
In addition to the permanent exhibition of the Art Collection Deutsche Börse, special events on the subject of photography are hosted regularly at the company’s headquarters, The Cube, in Eschborn, Germany.
Due to popular demand I’ve now released my sold-out Motherland monograph as a downloadable pdf available here: https://simoncroberts.com/shop/motherland-book/
This survey exhibition at the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow presents the work of British photographer Simon Roberts (b. 1974, UK) since 2005. After completing a substantial project in Russia, entitled Motherland, Roberts brought his attention closer to home.
With renewed interest in the relationship of individuals and groups to the landscape, Roberts focused on social practices, customs, cultural landmarks, economic and political scenarios that define his ‘small island’ as uniquely British. With echoes of ‘history painting’, these photographs point to contemporary issues specific to Britain, but equally engage with universal ideas of the human relationship to landscape, of identity and belonging.
Landscape Studies of a Small Island is presented as part of the UK Russia Year of Culture in 2014.
The exhibition is curated by Karen McQuaid from The Photographers’ Gallery, London.
More information here: http://www.mamm-mdf.ru/en/exhibitions/landscape-studies-of-a-small-island/
More installation shots from the show can be viewed here.
An essay written by Martin Caiger-Smith for the exhibition catalogue can be downloaded here.
Curators April Watson, Jane Aspinwall, and Andy Adams will talk about the portrait show ‘Making Pictures of People’ and the changing shape of internet photography culture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art next week.
What compels us to look at pictures of people? When is a photographic portrait successful? Does portraiture tell us more about the person sitting for the camera or the image-maker behind the lens?
Making Pictures of People considers these questions in a series of interviews focused on portraiture produced since 2000. A robust selection of works from 27 photographers sourced from within the online photo/arts community, this exhibition explores the breadth and diversity of portrait picture-making today. While some images emphasize the construction of identity through race, gender and class, others question the relationship between individuality and the ways we classify ourselves according to cultural imperatives. At the core of these different approaches is the artists’ exchange with their subjects and the creative inspirations that drive them to make images that push photographic portraiture forward.
The exhibition is an opportunity to consider the meaning of photographic portraiture as well as the multiplicity of images that define it. We’ve structured the show in a way that foregrounds the photographers’ voice — with an emphasis on their ideas, opinions, and experiences. Consider these interviews as you would a gallery talk, an occasion for the artists to share their creative motivations, the way they see the world, and the things that inspire their approach to portrait picture-making. Their images are just one part of the story — their voices add a unique dimension to understanding the work.
Making Pictures of People was produced in conjunction with the exhibition About Face: Contemporary Portraiture, organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and shown there August 9, 2013–January 19, 2014. The exhibition will be available online in perpetuity.
Photographers included are:
Keliy Anderson-Staley • Yolanda del Amo • Christopher Churchill • Paul D’Amato • Jess T. Dugan • Doug DuBois • Matt Eich • Jason Florio • Jessica Todd Harper • Dave Jordano • Dina Kantor • Stacy Kranitz • Molly Landreth • Graham Miller • Jim Mortram • Lydia Panas • Laura Pannack • Deborah Parkin • Cara Phillips • Richard Renaldi • Simon Roberts • Marjorie Salvaterra • Betsy Schneider • Tema Stauffer • Shen Wei • Carrie Will • Susan Worsham.