Program 2016

Simon Roberts

England (1974)

The Last Moment


For this series, Simon Roberts reappropriates images published in the press that depict historical moments and crowd-gathering events. In each image taken from the media flow, he circles all the devices that were used to capture the scene – cameras, smartphones – and blurs out the rest of the picture. The title, The Last Moment, is a reference to a well-known brand’s slogan ‘Kodak Moment’ that helped democratise photography. Simon Roberts follows in this trend by highlighting the recent boom in the number of amateur photographers, while questioning our irrepressible need to document our lives through social media. The paper prints are glued on political billboards on Place de la Gare.

Original scenography by Festival Images Vevey