Simone Koch

Biography


Simone Koch was born in Hannover, Germany and lived and worked in London, UK for 22 years. In light of Brexit and the pandemic she returned to Germany in 2020 and currently lives in Potsdam near Berlin.

In her early years of engagement with photography she was free-lancing in the areas of music, fashion and editorial and during a time of permanent employment as in-house photographer at Conde Nast Publishing she produced work for magazines such as Vogue, Tatler, Glamour, GQ,  House & Gardens and Conde Nast Traveller magazines.

She also worked for five years for the artist Stephen Gill helping him with production and distribution of his art books through the independent publishing company Nobody Books.

In 2009 she gained a Master of the Arts in Photography and since has focussed her use of the medium solely on it as  means for artistic expression.



Simone Koch wurde in Hannover geboren, und lebte und arbeitete  22 Jahre lang in London, UK. Im Zuge des Brexit und der Pandemie ist sie 2020 nach Deutschland zurückgekehrt und lebt zurzeit in Potsdam.

In den Anfängen ihrer fotografischen Arbeit war sie freischaffend in den Bereichen der Mode -, Musik- und Editorialfotografie tätig und hat während einer Zeit der Festanstellung im Verlagshaus Conde Nast an Aufträgen für Magazine wie Vogue, Tatler, Glamour, GQ,  House & Gardens and Conde Nast Traveller gearbeitet.

Sie war außerdem 5 Jahre für den Künstler Stephen Gill tätig, während der sie ihm bei der Produktion seiner Bücher und deren Vertrieb im Verlag Nobody Books zur Seite stand.

Seit dem Abschluss eines Master Studiums der Kunst mit Schwerpunkt Fotografie im Jahr 2009 ist sie als freischaffende Künstlerin tätig.







Artist Statement


Simone Koch's artistic practice centres largely around the notion of connection and the unfolding of inherent potential and evolution in all relationships, paying special attention to those between the individual and the communal, the internal and the external worlds and between nature and culture.

Central to these interests is the tension between the idea of home understood as a geographical location, home as a community of people and feeling home in one's body and psychology of self.





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Education

2007- 2009

MA Photography (Distinction), London College    of Communication, University of the Arts, London

2000-2001

Higher National Diploma, Photography, City of Westminster College, London

1998-2000 

BTEC National Diploma, Photography, City of Westminster College, London


Selected exhibitions

2019

The Sanford Archive, public art installation of 100 photographs, Sanford Walk, London, UK

2012 

The World in London, public art project commissioned by The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK


2011 

Surface Gallery Open, Nottingham, UK


2010 

Slide Nite, Photomonth Krakow, Krakow, Poland

2010 

freshfacedandwildeyed, Photographer's Gallery, London, UK

2009 

 MA Final Show, The Gallery, London College of Communication, London, UK(exh. cat.)

2009 

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Cornerhouse, Manchester and Rochelle School, London, UK (exh. cat.)


2009 

MA Interim Show, Well Gallery, London College of Communication, London


2009 

Open Salon, Viewfinder Gallery, London, UK


2008 

Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (exh. cat.)


2008 

London’s Calling, Foundry, London, UK


Awards/Scholarships

2021

Microstipend III, Federal State of Brandenburg

2008

Short-listed for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize (exh.cat)

2004 

Short-listed for Association of Photographers Assistant Award (exh.cat.)


Public Talks & Lectures

2009 

Artist Talk, Rochelle School, London, UK


Collections

Held in private collections

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