Simon Baker 


Simon Baker is Curator of Photography and International Art at the Tate Modern in London. He is the Tate’s first
curator of photography and was appointed in 2009 from the University of Nottingham, where he was Associate-Professor
of Art History. Prior to this he was a Gould Fellow in the History of Photography at Princeton University. He has
researched and written extensively on surrealism, photography, and contemporary art, and co-curated the
exhibitions Undercover Surrealism: Georges Bataille and Documents (Hayward, London: 2006) and Close-Up:
Proximity and defamiliarisation 
in art, film, and photography (Fruitmarket, Edinburgh: 2008). In 2010 he worked
with Sandra Phillips on the exhibition Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera at the Tate Modern.
In Autumn 2012, William Klein / Daido Moriyama, an exhibition exploring both artists’ celebrated depictions of
modern urban life, will open to the public.