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Artist chosen for 2010 general election

  • Published: Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Photographer Simon Roberts is selected as the nation's official election artist and wants you to send in your photos.

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Take part: send your photos of the election campaign

The House of Commons has selected a British photographer as the nation's official election artist.
 
Simon Roberts will draw upon his personal interpretations and records when observing the campaign activity in the run up to the 2010 general election. He told us about the Election Project.
 
Simon Roberts, photographer: "The Election Project is a commission from the House of Commons to produce a photographic, artistic representation or a response to the 2010 general election. At every election, the Commons commission a different form of artist to produce an artistic response to the election. This time, they decided they wanted a photographer and I was fortunate enough to get the commission. It's a great honour really and to be part of this is very exciting indeed."
 
His work will include images from battle buses and village greens to polling stations and shopping centres, and he's asking the public to get involved too.
 
Simon Roberts: "Alongside my own photographs, I'm really interested in getting the public involved in the commission. In some ways, we're all photographers now. Everybody's got a camera on their phone or a small digital camera. I'd like to harness the fact that this could be the most photographed election ever in the UK, so I've set up a website where members of the public can upload their own photographs of anything related to politics in their area. It's a way of people starting to think about politics again and re-engage with politics through the medium of photography."
 
Simon's photographs will join the Parliamentary Art Collection in the House of Commons, alongside snaps taken by the public. They will also be available to view online.
 
If you'd like to get involved, visit www.theelectionproject.co.uk

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