Simon Roberts is a photographic artist based in Brighton. After winning the Ian Parry Scholarship in 1998 he freelanced for national and international magazines. In 2004 he moved to Russia and spent a year traveling and making work for his first monograph, Motherland. He has concentrated on his own practice ever since. Simon creates wide-ranging surveys of our time, which examine contemporary economic, cultural and political landscapes and he is heralded for his expansive tableaux photographs. Alongside his practice he is an active public speaker, holds academic posts and is involved with not for profit organisations.
At a time when half the UK population say they have no religion Simon’s series of video portraits SIXTEEN: A Portrait of Faith focuses on young people who identify with a religious faith. Each sixteen year old poses for the camera for several minutes in a similar fashion to mid-19th century photographic portraits, and offers a short monologue, in which they talk about their faith, their hopes, dreams and fears.