As a photographer, Phil Roeder’s work has been exhibited around the country and published around the world. His photos have been shown at the Aperture Foundation’s gallery in New York City, the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA, and the Des Moines Art Center. He is an American Photography 33 winner, and has earned awards at the Iowa State Fair photography salon, the Capture the Heart of America photography contest, and the Des Moines Exhibited show. Phil began 2018 with an exhibit at Grand View University documenting the artistry, athleticism and activism of students at Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa’s largest provider of public education.
Phil’s work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times, Time, Vice, National Journal, Mother Jones, the Atlantic, Wired, Forbes, Berliner Zeitung, Le Monde, Roll Call, US News and World Report, and other news outlets. His work has also been included in photography publications such as OAI13 (France) and Contraluz (Spain), and in books published by Edizioni Nuova Cultura (Italy) and Bloomsbury (UK). Phil has several photographs available through Getty Images.
My goal is to make simple, honest photographs. When armed with a camera, I look for the potential in anything and anybody to become part of a compelling image.
This selection of photographs shares some of my diverse interests with a camera: from the immigrant and refugee experience in middle America to eclectic scenes from my home state of Iowa to examples from a recent project on trees (from places as different as New York City’s Central Park to California’s Point Lobos).
My approach to the art and craft of photography is best summed up in a comment by Garry Winogrand: “I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs.” These selected works are a part of the world I see each day.