Simon Roberts, sitting, chair

Which eight photographs would Simon Roberts take with him to a desert island?

Award-winning British photographer Simon Roberts is best known for his expansive large-format photographs and an approach to creating wide-ranging surveys of our time, communicating on social, economic and political issues with projects such as Pierdom (2010-13), The Election Project (2010), We English (2007-8) and Motherland (2004-5).

Desert Island Pics is an ongoing series of Photoworks talks, loosely based on the format of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. Previous castaways including Martin Parr, Alison Jackson and Jeremy Deller.

In this talk for London Art Fair 2015, Simon reveals the eight photographs he’d like to have with him if castaway on a desert island. He discusses his choices and how they reflect his life and career with with our regular Desert Island Pics host Stephen Bull.

Image 1: Unknown, ‘Houston Greyhound’, October 1976

Image 2: Ansel Adams, Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite Valley, 1942

Image 3: Joel Sternfeld, Exhausted Renegade Elephant, Woodland, Washington, June, 1979

Image 4: Neil Leiffer, Muhammad Ali vs Cleveland Williams, Houston, 1966

Image 5: August Sander, Boxers (Paul Roderstein & Hein Hesse), Koln, 1929

Image 6: Joachim Brohm, Essen, 1982

Image 7: Paul Graham, Pittsburgh (Man Cutting Grass), from a Shimmer of Possibility, 2004-06

Image 8Photographer’s own, ID Photo Booth, Family Photo, Portslade, February 2014

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