Peter Simon, is a nationally acclaimed photographer, photojournalist, author, music historian, and instructor. Over the years he has turned his unique collection of enthusiasms into entertaining and insightful articles, books, CDs, a four hour DVD, fine art prints and his annual Vineyard Calendar.
Over the course of his 50 year career, Peter has covered an eclectic range of subjects documenting including but not limited to: 1960s free love and protest, the greatest names in rock 'n' roll, reggae and pop music, the scenic beauty of his beloved island Martha's Vineyard, the action of major league baseball, stunning portraits of people in the everyday, iconic captures of the most celebrated personalities of our time.
In 2007, Peter's latest book, "Reggae Scrapbook" was published by Palace Press and has received rave reviews. In 2008, Peter, with his wife Ronni, fulfilled a decade long dream and opened up their own gallery. The Simon Gallery is now located right on Main Street in Vineyard Haven, MA, offering an "in person" look at many of the products that are offered on his web site.
Most recently, released the ultimate collection of his body of work in the form of a DVD entitled "Through the Lens - Celebrating 50 Years of Personalized Photojournalism." In this very unique product, Peter tells the inside stories behind many of his iconic images, unravels the many twists and turns his life has taken, and teaches a basic "photography 101" class. Realizing that he (along with every other mortal soul) will not be around forever, this DVD will ensure that his work will.
Currently, Peter is compiling an ultimate coffee table book called "Seasons." The volume will consist of most beloved Vineyard landscapes , many of which have been published through the years in his series of Vineyard Calendars. He hopes to have it released before the end of 2015.
Peter Simon's work has been in many newspapers and magazines, including Time, Newsweek, People, Village Voice, Atlantic Monthly, Cape Cod Life, Boston Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times and Rolling Stone. A resident of Martha's Vineyard since 1973, he has been a contributing photographer for the Vineyard Gazette for twelve years, and the Martha's Vineyard Times for thirty.
In 1980, he published On the Vineyard (Doubleday), which was the start of a series including On the Vineyard II (Simon Press, 1990), and On the Vineyard III (Simon Press, 2000). The other nine books Peter Simon has published are Decent Exposures(Wingbow Press, 1973), Carly Simon Complete (Knopf, 1975), Reggae Bloodlines ((Doubleday, 1976), Playing in the Band (St. Martin's Press, 1983) and The New York Mets: 25 Years of Baseball Magic (Henry Holt, 1987). In 2001 Little Brown published a comprehensive retrospective of his life work as a handsome coffee table book entitled I and Eye.
His photographs have appeared at various Island galleries, including On the Vineyard gallery, The Field Gallery, The Old Sculpin Gallery, and now the Simon Gallery. His photographs have been displayed nationwide at many prestigious galleries, including one-man shows at The Nikon House and Niekrug Gallery in New York, and the Kiva Gallery in Boston. Currently, Peter's well known portraits of folk/rock/reggae masters from the 60's and 70's are on permanent display at the John Varvatos clothing store in Copley Plaza, Boston.
Peter lives with his wife Ronni (and his son Willie, as time permits) at their home in Chilmark. He has been married since 1977, a resident of Chilmark since 1988. Although Peter travels a lot off season, he never tires of photographing his beloved Island home.