I have two video pieces included in this upcoming exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London. They will be showing my Sight Sacralization Part 1 & 2 in the group exhibition ‘From Selfie to Self-Expression‘.

The show will be the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from Velazquez to the present day, while celebrating the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity. Showing alongside examples of many influential artists’ work will be selfies that have quickly become icons of the digital era – from the beautiful and sublime to the mad, bad and downright dangerous.


Rembrandt van Rijn Self-Portrait with Two Circles, Juno Calypso The Honeymoon Suite, Actor Benedict Cumberbatch jumps behind U2 at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #21.

A boxed set of publications to accompany the ‘Unfamiliar Familiarities—Outside Views on Switzerland’ exhibition has just been published by Lars Müller Publishers.

The set includes six volumes, one for each of the five participating artists (Alinka Echeverría, Shane Lavalette, Eva Leitolf, Simon Roberts, Zhang Xiao) and one text volume. You can view a preview video of my ‘Sight Sacralization’ volume here:

Edited by Peter Pfrunder, Lars Willumeit, Tatyana Franck, In collaboration with Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur, and Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne.

Design: Pilar Rojo

16,5 x 23 cm, 6 ½ x 9 in
312 pages, 200 illustrations
6 booklets in a slipcase
Published 2017
ISBN: 978-3-03778-510-2, German/English/French




Alt. +1000, the festival of contemporary photography in Rossinière, Switzerland, is running a workshop with the British photographer Simon Roberts. During the week of August 26th, both professional and amateur photographers are invited to share and explore their visions of photography in the beautiful landscape of the Swiss Alps.

About the workshop

The Alt. +1000 workshop takes place in the charming village of Rossinière. The workshop is an intense experience lasting five days. It welcomes a maximum of 10 participants, ensuring personal attention for each person.

We are looking for a diverse range of professional or amateur participants who are interested in traditional or experimental landscape photography. Taking into account individual level and needs, Simon Roberts will encourage everyone to look, critique and develop their ideas and approaches to image making. The workshop will encourage creativity and benefit from the great experience of a master photographer. During the day, participants will discover and photograph in the Rossinière area. In the evening, everybody will gather for dinner, where they will share their experiences.

The workshop will be held from August 26 to 29, 2013. Arrival date in Rossinière: August 25. Departure date: August 30 (after breakfast).

Inscription deadline: August 1, 2013.

For further information about the workshop, please download the document: WORKSHOP 2013 Terms&Conditions

About the festival

The village of Rossinière in the foothills of the Swiss Alps is reputed for its 17th- and 18th- century architecture and its verdant setting. The photography festival contrasts this vernacular village identity with the questioning, inquisitive and provocative viewpoints of contemporary imagemakers.

“High Altitude”, is both the name and the theme of the third edition of the Alt. +1000 festival. It brings together emerging and noted photographers around a rich and varied subject. In Summer 2011, 10 exhibitions featuring 40 international artists were held in various spaces of the village of Rossinière. This year, 12 exhibitions are organized on the theme of altitude, and invite us to look at the world from another point of view.

We English and a selection of prints from Pierdom are currently being exhibited at 4RT Contemporary in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In the summer of 1816 a coterie of writers and poets led by Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley, were staying at the Villa Diodati on the shores of Lake Geneva. Kept indoors by the “incessant rain” of that “wet, ungenial summer” – brought on by a massive volcanic eruption thousands of miles away on the island of Sumbawa in southeast Asia – the group turned to reading fantastical stories, including the anthology of horror fiction Fantasmagoriana, and then devising their own tales. As a result, Mary Shelley produced what would become Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. A book often claimed to be the first science fiction novel, with elements from the Gothic and Romantic periods laced with references to John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”, which was seen as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution.

Eleven years later, French mathematician Jacques Charles François Sturm and Swiss Physicist Daniel Collodon conducted an experiment to provide the first quantitative measurement of the speed of sound in water. The couple used two moored boats, separated by a measured distance, as transmit and receive platforms for the sounds of exploding gunpowder. The flash of the exploding gunpowder provided the visual starting cue for the timepiece, and the underwater explosion sound striking a bell provided the finish cue.

In this film Simon Roberts and sound artist Adam Byford draw upon these elements of artistic creation, human endeavor and of scientific exploration. They present the lake as a mysterious, esoteric entity, seen through mist, deliberately unsignposted. There are no locators of geography, scale or position. The film is a contemplation of the layered, sometimes secretive narratives, of beauty, romanticism and horror, which the lake has inspired.

A curious homage to Charlie Chaplin

in Vevey, Switzerland. The town where he died. 13 January 2012.