Clevedon A, 2011
Series Title: Pierdom
Number of artworks at AIPAD: 2
Edition: 7 + 2APs & 4 + 1AP
Size: 20" x 24” & 48” x 60”
Pierdom is a comprehensive and stunning survey of Britain's 19th Century pleasure piers. Simon Roberts has turned his camera to the specific architectural remnants that bear witness to leisure of the past. The large-scale color photographs are often made from elevated positions—a trademark of Roberts' oeuvre—and with the use of large-format film. The photographer has meticulously utilized formal devices associated with the picturesque—asymmetry, perspective and juxtaposition—resulting in an outstanding body of work that celebrates color, form and detail.
"Roberts' work is significant because he combines a respect for his subject and the desire to communicate important social, economic and political issues, with a contemporary and highly talented approach to image making. His approach is one of creating wide-ranging surveys of our time, which he does through eloquent and arresting photographs."—Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs, National Media Museum, 2011
Simon Roberts lives and works in Brighton, UK. His photographs have been exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at the National Media Museum (UK), Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and Contemporary Art, Shanghai. His work is represented in major public and private collections, including the Deutsche Borse Art Collection, George Eastman House, Pallant House and Wilson Centre for Photography.
The series is the subject of Roberts' third monograph, Pierdom, published by Dewi Lewis in 2013.