This website contains all of our latest products, as well
as information about family photos, weddings and other special
occasions, a selection of Peter's many memorable photographs
images that can be ordered online (under "Photo Inventory"),
and biographical information. Please browse through this at
your leisure, and enjoy the many images that Peter wishes
to present and share. We thank you for visiting us!
PETER'S NEW 2 DVD BOXED SET "Through the Lens - Celebrating 50 Years of Personalized Photojournalism" IS FINALLY HERE!
It's been almost two years in the works, and has been through many morphs, but at last here it is! The DVD runs over 3 and a half hours and captures most of Peter's comprehensive career. Peter has done his research and has found nothing like this in the marketplace! There are even two bonus sections which serve as a Peter Simon photography 101 crash course!
Click here to view selections of photographs from Peter's new DVD.
Click here to view introduction to "Through the Lens."
Click here to read various testimonials regarding "Through the Lens."
Vineyard Calendar 2014 Update
Each year we print roughly 7,000 calendars. They are selling slightly faster this year for some reason. Thus, we are now down to the final 1,250 copies. At this rate, we will be out by Christmas. So it's best to order sooner than later. There are two ways to get a bigger bang for your buck: (1) Buy two instead of just one, as the shipping charge is the same for both. (2) If you buy 5 or more calendars, we will include the 25 year commemorative poster for only $15 more (including shipping). Please indicate your desire to do so, or any special names you would like Peter to include in the "special instructions" section of the order form. Happy Holidays!!!
Check it out by clicking here, and you can order online by clicking here.
Peter joins forces with John Varvatos!
As mentioned in previous newsletters, Peter has recently hooked up with noted men's fashion designer John Varvatos. With the help of Peter's rock photography agency, Rock Paper Photo, a roving one man show at John's various retail outlets is in place. Peter's opening bash on December 3rd was well attended and successful. The exhibit will run through February. Over 40 of Peter's images are on handsome display (and for sale, along with the new DVD) at his new location at Copley Place in Boston. Subsequent dates and locations for the show (which include San Fransisco, Los Angeles and New York) will be announced within the next few months.
Members of Rock Paper Photo, Tim Shopa and Ed Baum, help John Varvatos make final choices along with his assistant Donna Faircloth at John's office in Manhattan.
Ronni Simon, Sally Taylor and Willie Simon join in celebrating Peter's opening bash at the Varvatos store in Boston in December.
A Plethora of Pete's Picks
This past year has been a very productive one for Peter. Aside from his usual array of precious Island landscapes, he has capture some interesting faces and other placesalong the way. Please click through these by clicking here, and let us know which ones you particularly like, and might make good candidates for the 2015 Vineyard Calendar by clicking here. You can obtain any of these by going to the online store.
Late afternoon light is enhanced by Peter's altered state of mind.
The Simon Gallery will reopen for the 2014 season on May 9th.
The Simon Gallery, located at 54 Main Street in Vineyard Haven, now sports a "new look." During the spring, Peter and Ronni basically remodeled the whole space, top to bottom. The result is a much sleeker, cleaner looking gallery. The front of the gallery now features all of Peter's products (books, calendars and portfolios) as well as Ronni's latest jewelry and sculptures. There is also a new "line" of high end, numbered editions of Peter's iconic images, elegantly framed with black matting and a white edge. The knitted goods and yarn now occupies the back of the gallery, along with Peter's more politically oriented work. Please drop by to check in and see all the new creations that are handsomely displayed.
Peter's Photography Workshops*
Back in the 80's, Peter taught an annual 6-week
beginner's photo course. It was quite popular and many
requested that the classes return. SO, Peter offered them
again the past summer, and the results proved very successful!
Thus, Peter has scheduled a series of 5 monthly workshops
beginning this May.
You don't need to have fancy equipment or know
all that much about the technical side of photography
in order enjoy Peter's course. Just simple enthusiasm
and a desire to learn is all you need!
Class sizes are limited to twelve students, creating
a more intimate, bonding experience. The "curriculum"
includes an opening night social hour, followed by a course
introduction and a presentation of Peter's popular "Through
The Lens" lecture.
Each subsequent day, students accompany Peter on
field trips, complete various photo assignments, accompanied
with hands-on demonstration of various techniques that
he has developed through the years. Each evening, students
gather at the Simon Gallery in Vineyard Haven to view
and critique each student's output for the day via power
During the 4-day workshop, Peter provides continuous
overall and personal instruction, while covering a wide
array of topics such as lighting, composition, group/individual
portraits and posing, capturing the "Decisive Moment"
and how to use flash, depth of field, and action effects
to full advantage. The emphasis is less on highly technical
issues, but more towards the user friendly instruction:
everyday tips to make the casual or professional photographer
more consistent and personally rewarded. Some minor Photoshop
techniques are also offered.
So come along, learn some new or different methods,
or simply re-juice your photo philosophy and creative
energy tanks! Shine a light and capture the moment!
The 4-day seminars cost $600. Read
some of Peter's students testimonials here!
2014 PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:
July: 10 - 14
* Due to time constraints and scheduling logistics, Peter is only offering one 4 day seminar this summer. Instead, however, he has decided to conduct intensive 1 day "one on one" highly personalized tutorials. This idea is based upon many such requests he has received. For more information about this new teaching platform, please email Peter here.
The Vineyard Calendar - 25 Years Poster
Our latest poster is a celebration of our first twenty five years of annual existence. We hope that some of these covers will spawn some sweet memories as your Vineyard years have come and gone. Check it out by clicking here, and to order, please click here!!! With the order of 5 or more calendars, you can get this special poster for $15, including shipping!
NEW FOR OLD
Every once and a while, Peter takes some time to go through old negatives or prints that he never paid much attention to in the past. It's amazing what diamonds in the rough he finds! Peter has posted a handful of these images "from the vault" for your viewing pleasure. You can obtain any of these by going to the online store or view these oldies but goodies by clicking here.
Peter has recently become more active as a entertaining
and informative lecturer on the college and corporate
circuit. His power point presentation of over 230 images
covers most aspects of a 50 year career as a photojournalist.
He was a major proponent and captured much
of the 60's alternative hippie culture. Many of his images
of the music, celebrities and the lifestyle are iconic.
His subject matter also includes nude beaches, the new
age spiritual scene in the 70's, reggae and Jamaica, baseball
and the New York Mets, the breathtaking beauty of Martha's
Vineyard, and pictures of lifestyles spun out of control
by substance abuse.
Roger Steffens & Peter Simon: "REGGAE SCRAPBOOK"
In November 2007, this astounding collection
of reggae memorabilia, text and photographs was published
by the premier publisher of illustrated books, Insight
Editions. Over the past year this collaboration between
Peter Simon and noted reggae archivist Roger Steffens
has been enthusiastically received by reggae lovers around
the world. Even the New York Times recently featured a
5-Star review in it's highly touted Sunday book review
section. Includes a DVD! Signed by request.
Ronni designs and hand-crafts one-of-a-kind
pieces of wearable art from our home on Martha's Vineyard.
Semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls are crocheted
with precious metal wire into necklaces, bracelets, earrings,
and lariats creating unique and elegant jewelry. Each
piece is custom made to your individual specifications.
out the rest of this website for ordering all of our products
online. We appreciate your continued support and
interest in Peter Simon Photography and hope you enjoy all
of the products as much as Peter enjoys bringing them to you.