Simon Roberts



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“It is the responsibility of artists to pay attention to the world, pleasant or otherwise, and to help us respectfully in it. Artists do this by keeping their curiosity and moral sense alive.” Robert Adams (Art Can Help)

This masterclass is founded on the idea that photography means expressing a personal vision about the world. I’ll readily admit that it is no simple task for any creative to identify what they would ultimately like to say with their work, and whilst not being able to promise any hard answers, I will certainly help you try to define more clearly a direction for your practice and develop the necessary skills to author a coherent body of work.

The process will start with an introductory lecture where I offer an overview of my own practice, providing insights into my research framework, methodology, process of post-production and how I ultimately get the work out into the world. Each participant will then have an opportunity to make an introductory presentation outlining the inspirations behind their own photography.

Over the course of the week you will have an opportunity to make work around Athens (on theme of….), portfolio reviews, discussions about editing, publishing and exhibiting and opportunities to interact both in group situations and on a one-to-one basis. During our time together I will share fundamental guidelines to help you identify your own vision, express it within a photographic project and promote it to a wider audience. Alongside this we will consider elements of professional practice, exploring what the skill sets and building blocks that are needed for laying the foundations of a sustainable career within photography; an area often overlooked, particularly those newly graduated or starting out on their career.

Simon Roberts (b.1974) is a visual artist based in Brighton, UK. Widely recognised for his large-format, tableaux photographs of the British landscape, his practice also encompasses video, text and installation work, which together, interrogate notions of identity and belonging, and the complex relationship between history, place and culture

He has exhibited widely and his photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2010 he was appointed the official British Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a visual record of the General Election on behalf of the UK Parliamentary Art Collection; and in 2014 he represented Britain during the UK-Russia Year of Culture. He has been commissioned to make several large-scale public artworks and recognised with numerous awards including an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society, the Vic Odden Award and grants from Arts Council England and the John Kobal Foundation.

Author of several critically acclaimed monographs including Motherland (Chris Boot, 2007), We English (Chris Boot, 2009), Pierdom (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2013) and Merrie Albion – Landscape Studies of a Small Island (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2017), his work has also been profiled and published widely including in the New Yorker, Granta, National Geographic, ArtForum, Wallpaper, amongst others.

Roberts holds a BA Hons in Cultural Geography from The University of Sheffield, and is a regular public speaker and visiting lecturer. Outside of his own professional practice he is involved with several not for profit organisations having formerly served as a trustee of Photoworks and currently working as an ambassador for FotoDocument and the Positive View Foundation.

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