(b.1974) is a British photographer based in Brighton, UK. He
originally studied a BA Hons Degree in Human Geography at the
University of Sheffield (1996), 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.
Roberts has been exhibited widely with We English touring to
over thirty national and international venues. He's had solo shows
at the National Media Museum, Bradford, Museum of Contemporary
Photography, Chicago, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, and
been included in numerous group exhibitions. Recent shows include
Observers: British Photography and the British Scene (From the
1920s to Now) at Galeria de Arte SESI, Brazil, and Camera Work at
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome. His photographs reside in major
public and private collections, including the George Eastman House,
Deutsche B̦rse Art Collection and Wilson Centre for Photography.
In recognition for his work, Roberts has received several 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.
He has published three critically acclaimed monographs,
Motherland (Chris Boot, 2007), We English (Chris Boot, 2009) and
Pierdrom (Dewi Lewis 2013). We English was voted by Martin Parr as
one of the best photography books of the past decade. He has also
published The Election Project (2010) and This Is A Sign (2012).
One commentator has described his photographs as "subtle in
their discovery and representation of forms of cultural character,
which, upon closer inspection, reveal a richness of detail and
meaning. They exhibit a disciplined compositional restraint, a
richness of palette, and a wealth of narrative incident."