Artist Headshot: Simon Carruthers

Simon Carruthers

London, UK

Born in Hertfordshire and now based in London, Simon graduated from the University of Brighton in 2007 with a BA in Editorial Photography. In the same year he was selected for the This Working Life LCD/ Redeye Photography Award, and was later short listed for the Pavilion Commissions programme in 2008 and again for the BJP Project Assistance Award in 2009. Alongside staging numerous exhibitions across England, Simon’s work also featured at the 2010 Singapore International Photography Festival.

Simon is one of the three founding members of the Arts Council England funded photography collective Human Endeavour. They regularly exhibit their collaborative projects across the UK and beyond, and are currently working towards a UK wide tour and supporting publication.

Simon is currently working on several long-term projects, the first of which focuses on London’s largely neglected canal system, another series looks at the ramifications of the demise in social housing in the UK, and the third project sets out to document the results of the increasing scale of consumerism. Simon’s work has featured in publications including Wallpaper*,  The British Journal of Photography and CAN Magazine.



"Consumption [has] moved from a means towards an ends – living – to being an end in its own right.”
Yiannis Gabriel, 1995

“Mass production decreases our emotional attachment to our possessions, making them easier to discard.”
Howies, 2007

Every item we own has an origin. Everything that surrounds us in our homes, in our workplace, and throughout our modern metropolis, has been extracted from the natural world. The man-made world is a world that has been wholly created from the raw materials found on, and just beneath the earth’s surface. As it is true that all these items have an origin, it is also true that the components of the synthetic world have a destiny – a final resting place – for when we no longer require them. Their presence in our company is often fleeting. Once it has been decided that they are no longer wanted or needed, manufactured goods are returned to the earth, as waste.

Cycles is an ongoing UK based project that looks at the methods and the results of an accelerated climate of consumerism. The images tend to fall into one of two categories; the infrastructure supporting the consumption of domestic goods, and the net results of our consumption. The series was inspired by a sustainability report published in 2006 concluding that in the UK we use over three times our share of global resources.

Through my photography I explore issues concerning mans impact upon the land, both individually and collectively, and the decisions and actions undertaken in the name of progress.  Motivated by our increasingly globalised society and the implications this has on urban and rural landscapes, as well as on the individual, my work sets out to document the consequences of increased homogenisation and to investigate the nature/culture conflict.


Magenta Flash Forward Award
SIPF10 (Singapore International Photography Festival)

British Journal of Photography, Project Assistance Award (short listed)

Pavilion Commissions Programme (short listed)

This Working Life LCD/Redeye Photography Award

Selected Exhibitions

Collectives Encounter, Format Festival, Derby

murmurART: An Introduction, 20 Hoxton Square, London
human ENDeavour, Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton

Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
The Foto8 Award & Summer Show, Host Gallery, London
Human Endeavour, Brighton Photo Fringe, Bellis Gallery, Brighton (Funded by Arts Council England)
A Series of Investigations, (In)difference collective, Kingsland Road, London

This Working Life, The AOP Gallery, London & Renew Rooms, Liverpool
Recent Graduates Exhibition, Affordable Art Fair, London
Issues of Landscape, Friese Greene Gallery, Brighton Media Centre

Triptych, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest and University of Brighton Gallery


Context & Narrative by Maria Short, published by AVA Academia

Wallpaper* (UK), Online Graduate Directory 2009 & editorial, October
LIP (UK), issue 13
CAN Magazine (China), 10 page feature, June
The British Journal of Photography (UK), Volume 156 number 7718

The British Journal of Photography (UK), Volume 155 number 7699


Magnum Photos, 6 week internship, Cultural Department, London, UK

First Class Honours BA (Hons), Editorial Photography, University of Brighton, UK

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