Hilary Roberts

Hilary Roberts is Research Curator of Photography at Imperial War Museums (IWM), Britain’s national museum of modern conflict which is currently marking its centenary.

Hilary was born in Nottinghamshire in 1957. She studied at the University of Sussex, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg i. Breisgau (Germany) and University College London before joining IWM’s Photograph Archive as a junior curator in 1980. As the Archive’s Head Curator (1996 – 2013), she oversaw the development of IWM’s photographic collections which now number in excess of 11 million images.

A specialist in the history and practice of conflict photography, Hilary has numerous publications to her name, including The Great War: A Photographic Narrative (Jonathan Cape/Knopf, 2013), a highly praised overview of photography in the First World War. Recent exhibition and book projects for IWM include Don McCullin: Shaped by War (2010-2012), Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War (2012) and Lee Miller: A Woman’s War (2015 – 2016).

Hilary works closely with photographers, curators, researchers and writers who document or respond to contemporary conflict. In 2016, she collaborated on exhibition projects with photographers Nick Danziger (Eleven Women Facing War), Edward Barber (Peace Signs) and Edmund Clark (Edmund Clark: War of Terror). She is currently working with Russian photographer Sergey Ponomarev (winner of the 2016 World Press Photo and Pulitzer Prize awards) on his first British solo exhibition A Lens on Syria (opens IWM London 27 April 2017).

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