Simon is one of the most distinctive directoral talents working in the UK today. He has a unique vision and we are delighted to have commissioned his work for BBCTwo.’
- Patrick Holland Channel Controller, BBC2
‘Photographing with sensitivity and insight, Simon Frederick has made extraordinary portraits of some of the most influential Britons of our time. We are proud to welcome these works into our collection, where they will be seen, enjoyed, and celebrated for generations to come.’
Dr Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery, London.
He Is Shifting Culture, One Frame At A Time.Oliviero Toscani
ARTIST | PHOTOGRAPHER | FILMMAKER | BROADCASTER
Born in London, of parents from the Caribbean island of Grenada. Self taught, he has none of the conventions that academia, tradition and technique sometimes dictate. Highly regarded to be at the vanguard of his discipline, Frederick has appeared in front of camera for Sky Arts as the lead judge of their acclaimed series 'Master of Photography', which he co-hosted with Hollywood royalty Isabella Rossellini.
He conceived, directed and produced the award winning four part series 'Black Is The New Black for the BBC. Portrait's that he shot of his subjects during the filming of the show, were acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, becoming the largest acquisition of portraits of African-Caribbean sitters in the Galleries history and became the subject of a major display at the gallery in 2018 and will become part of the gallery's prestigious primary collection.
His follow up series “They’ve Gotta Have Us”, which charts the revolutionary rise of black artists in film, is another critically acclaimed hit delivered by Frederick - Who has been named in the annual Powerlist, as one of the U.K’s 100 most Influential Black People alongside the likes of the Duchess Of Sussex, Meghan Markle, Vogue’s Vanessa Kingori and Edward Enninful, Artist and Director Steve McQueen, Actor David Harewood, Novelist Zadie Smith and Actor, Comedian and co-founder of charity Comic Relief Sir Lenny Henry.