Simon Roberts (born 1974) is a British photographer whose work has been exhibited and published internationally.

Roberts studied a BA Hons in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield (1996).[1] He currently lives in Brighton and Hove, England.[2]

Between July 2004 and August 2005 Roberts travelled throughout Russia,[3] taking in 65 destinations from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.[4] This resulted in the book and exhibition Motherland and the exhibition Polyarnye Nochi.

Between August 2007 and September 2008 Roberts travelled throughout England in a motor home using a large format camera capturing people at play, and exploring the relationship between people and the places they visit. This resulted in the book and exhibition We English.[5] [6]

Roberts was commissioned by the UK parliament Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art as the official Election Artist to document campaigning activity around the country in the run-up to the 2010 General Election.[7] Roberts travelled the country, again in a motor home, using an old plate camera to photograph from the elevated position of its roof. [8] This resulted in The Election Project touring exhibition and The Election Project Newspaper publication.

Roberts has also made other series of work, Russian Army (2004-2008), Ramzan Kadyrov (2006), Russian Portraits (2004-2008) (some of which appear in Motherland), Liverpool Landscapes (2009), British Olympians, Polyarnye Nochi, City Councils (2011)[9] and Pierdom (2011).[citation needed]

In recognition for his work, Roberts has received several awards including the Vic Odden Award from the Royal Photographic Society (2007) - offered for a notable achievement in the art of photography by a British photographer. He won the Ian Parry Scholarship for young photographers in 1998.[10] In 2010 his We English won third prize in the World Press Photo contest in the Daily Life - Stories category.[11]

In 'The Observer Critics' Review of 2011' Sean O'Hagan included the exhibition of We English at Flowers East in London in his top 10 photography exhibitions of the year.[12]

In 2012 Roberts made The Election Project Newspaper available free to download.

Roberts is currently working on a new series about the country’s changing economic landscape.[9]



  • This Land Is Your Land, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA, 2008
  • Unseen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China, 2008
  • Motherland, Belfast Exposed, N.Ireland, 2008
  • Visions of Our Time, Deutsche Börse Art Collection, c/o Berlin, Germany, 2009
  • Motherland/Homeland, EX3 Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Firenze, Italy, 2010
  • The Election Project, House of Commons, London, UK, 2010
  • We English, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK, 2010
  • We English, Klompching Gallery, New York, USA, 2010
  • We English & The Election Project, mac Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 2011
  • Motherland & We English, Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg, Germany, 2011
  • We English, Light House gallery, Wolverhampton, UK, 2012
  • We English, Pluie D’Images Festival, Brest, France, 2012

Public collections

  • Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK
  • Birmingham Central Library, Birmingham, UK
  • Deutsche Börse Art Collection, Frankfurt, Germany
  • George Eastman House, Rochester, USA
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
  • National Media Museum, Bradford, UK
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri, USA
  • Wilson Centre for Photography, London, UK


  1. Simon Roberts' CV. Retrieved on 2010-02-01.
  2. Lightstalkers profile of Simon Roberts. Retrieved on 2010-02-01.
  3. Motherland – Simon Roberts. Retrieved on 2011-12-23. “The work is a result of Simon’s travels throughout Russia between July 2004 and August 2005”
  4. Viv Groskop. In pictures - Simon Roberts's collection of photographs of Russia, Motherland, is unexpectable, says Viv Groskop. Retrieved on 2011-12-23. “Roberts took in 65 destinations on an 18-month trip from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.”
  5. Audio slideshow: The English at play. Retrieved on 2011-12-24. “Brighton-based photographer Simon Roberts travelled the length and breadth of England in a motorhome for his book We English - in which he tries to capture a nation at play, and explore the relationship between people and the places they visit.”
  6. Simon Roberts: We English Touring Exhibition (PDF). Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  7. "Photographer Simon Roberts is official election artist". BBC News. 2010-03-20. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  8. Election 2010: South Yorkshire. Retrieved on 2011-12-24. “During the 17 days of official campaigning, Simon travelled the country in a motor home. Using the old plate camera meant I could produce pictures which had a different feeling. They were always taken from an elevated position - the roof of the motor home”
  9. 9.0 9.1 Simon Roberts (2011-04-29). Days of Reckoning. Retrieved on 2011-12-25.
  10. Winners. Ian Parry Scholarship. Retrieved on 24 April 2011.
  11. World Press Photo - List of winners 2010. Retrieved on 2010-02-13.
  12. O'Hagan, Sean (11 December 2011). Series: Observer critics' review of 2011 - The best photography of 2011: Sean O'Hagan's choice. The Observer. Retrieved on 2012-01-08. “Simon Roberts: We English Flowers East, London”
  13. The Election Project Newspaper. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.

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