Simon Roberts | PIERDOM
Nov 01, 2013 — Jan 11, 2014
Opening Reception on Friday,
November 1 2013 at 8pm
As in previous work, notably "Motherland" (2007) and "We English" (2009), British photographer Simon Roberts examines cultural-historical questions of national identity and the attachment of people to their land through his large format landscape photographs. "Perhaps the most promising British image maker in years", as German Photo Magazine called him in 2010, traveled across England over the last years, visiting coastal towns and producing a series of photographs of the pleasure piers built since Victorian times. Originally planned as landing strips for steam boats, the piers soon became destinations themselves with cafes and souvenir shops, symbols of the longing for leisure, fresh air and holiday fun. And as always, the longing places tell much about the reality in the time of industrialization in the mid -19th Century.
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