Simon Roberts (b 1974)
Simon Roberts originally studied Human Geography, a subject which has informed much of his subsequent photographic practice. Often employing expansive landscape photographs, his approach is one of creating wide-ranging surveys of our time, which communicate on important social, economic and political issues.
Based in Brighton, Roberts has exhibited widely, with We English, his survey on the diverse pastimes of ordinary people in the context of the English landscape, touring to over thirty UK and international venues. He has had solo exhibitions at the National Media Museum, Bradford; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai. His photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Bourse Art Collection and Wilson Centre for Photography.
Roberts has received awards including the Vic Odden Award (2007) - offered for a notable achievement in the art of photography by a British photographer, along with bursaries from the National Media Museum (2007), John Kobal Foundation (2008) and grants from Arts Council England (2007, 2010, 2011). He was commissioned as the official Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the 2010 General Election on behalf of the UK Parliament. In 2012 he was granted access by the International Olympic Committee to photograph the London Olympics.