I have a series of photographs in the current issue of Outside Magazine taken in Sochi, Russia earlier this year. They accompany an article by McKenzie Funk examining the upcoming Winter Olympics.

“The Sochi Olympics Are a Five-Ring Mess- Determined that Russia will put on the most lavish Winter Games in history, Vladimir Putin has spent $51 billion, quashed environmental critics, and turned one of Europe’s most beautiful natural regions into a construction zone.”

Read the article and see more photographers here.

 

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Image: We English and XXX Olympiad prints exhibited at Landmark, Somerset House, March 2013

The online magazine Distorted Arts has reviewed my We English work, which is currently featured in the Landmark Exhibition at Somerset House in London.

“Roberts’s photographs reside somewhere between documentary and pure landscape. Many of his images contain poignant vignettes set against dynamic panoramas. Camel Estuary is populated with staffage straining against one another. Their interaction enlivens the scene, while the tamed sea, blue sky and sweeping shore evoke the English tradition of land, leisure and pleasure.

A contemporary archive of Englishness; Roberts’s work captures people, places and events beautifully. Figures in the landscape are small, but significant – the Arcadian shepherds and smiling rural folk of a Victorian landscape are replaced by windswept trekkers, crowded stadiums and post-modern reverie.”

You can read the whole review here.

And view an online gallery of images from the exhibition on the Guardian’s website here.

Landmark: The Fields of Photography at Somerset House from 14 March – 28 April 2013. 

Art13 London is the capital’s new art fair for Modern and Contemporary art, presenting a truly global perspective and showcasing art from 1945 to the present day. The first edition will showcase over 120 leading galleries from 30 different countries and here you will find over a thousand paintings, sculptures, multi-media installations and a special focus on prints and editions as well as photography.

Flowers Gallery will be exhibiting a selection of my work on stand B4.

The inaugural Fair will take place at Olympia Grand Hall in West London from 1-3 March 2013 (VIP day: 28 February 2013).

Olympia Grand Hall
Hammersmith Road
Kensington
London W14 8UX

For visitor enquiries please contact:
info@artfairslondon.com

You can view a catalogue online here.

I’m currently in Russia working on a project about preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Photograph: Construction of the Olympic Stadium in Sochi. © McKenzie Funk, February 2013.

One of my photographs from the series XXX Olympiad made today’s Saturday Telegraph Magazine cover feature on the A-Z of 2012. “Men’€™s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London, 12 August 2012” features as letter L, for London 2012.

The women’s cycle road race during the London Olympics, Box Hill, Surrey, 29 July 2012. Part of my work on the XXX Olympiad.

My second dispatch from the London Olympics published in today”s Financial Times Weekend Magazine and online here.

 

 

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I’ve been granted access to the 2012 London Olympics by the IOC to produce an alternative look at the Games. Over the next four Saturday’s, starting on 29 July, you’ll be able to see my dispatches in the FT Weekend Magazine and .

Photograph: Robert Dover”s Olimpick Games, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, 30 May 2008.

“An Olympic Games held in London in 2012 will mark a unique anniversary – it will be exactly 400 years from the moment that the first stirrings of Britain”s Olympic beginnings can be identified”. This statement was made by no other than the British Olympic Association in their successful bid for the 2012 London Olympic Games!
They continued, “In 1612 in the tiny village (we forgive them that) of Chipping Campden, Robert Dover opened the first “Cotswold Olimpicks”, an annual sporting fair that honoured the ancient Games of Greece. Those early “Olimpick” competitors were as remote as you could imagine from the Olympic stars of today, and the “sports” included singlestick, wrestling, jumping in sacks, dancing and even shin-kicking.

But whatever the eccentric nature of the event, this was the pre-dawn of the Olympic Movement, and the Cotswold Games began the historical thread in Britain that was ultimately to lead to the creation of the modern Olympics.

My photograph was taken in 2008 when I attended the games during the making of We English. Read more about the history of the Olimpick Games .

After reading this article about restrictions on photographers’ around Olympic venues in yesterday’s Guardian, it reminded me of this cartoon by Steve Bell, which was commissioned by the organisation I’m A Photographer, Not A Terrorist.