Simon Schama CBE

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and a Contributing Editor of the Financial Times.

He is the author of seventeen books and the writer-presenter of fifty documentaries on art, history and literature for BBC2, winning numerous awards for his work. 

Simon writes on cooking and food for GQ, fashion for Harpers Bazaar and on everything else for the FT. He curated the Government Art Collection show Travelling Light at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and has collaborated with Anselm Kiefer, John Virtue and Cecile B. Evans on contemporary art exhibitions.

Simon’s The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words was published in 2015 and the second volume When Words Fail will appear in 2017. In the autumn of 2016, Face of Britain, a history of British portraiture appeared as a five part BBC television series, a book and an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Simon is currently working on Civilisations, a television history of world art.