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Photojournalism: Peter Simon

Peter Simon Photo by Ronni Simon Photo by Ronni Simon

Peter Simon is a photographer, photojournalist, and music historian. He has documented the counterculture of the sixties, reggae, rock and roll, baseball, Martha’s Vineyard, and many other subjects. Highlights of his work include Robert Kennedy campaigning in the Bronx in 1964; Timothy Leary in 1968; the 1969 moratorium demonstration in Washington, D.C.; a commune family photo, 1970; Ted Kennedy in 1973; Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Peter Tosh on Saturday Night Live in 1979; and Bill and Hillary Clinton at Jewish services on Martha’s Vineyard in 1995.

Simon’s work has been published in many newspapers and magazines throughout the years, including Time, Newsweek, People, the 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 since 1984. His books include I and Eye: Pictures of My Generation, Roger Steffens and Peter Simon’s Reggae Scrapbook, and On the Vineyard III.

A collection of Simon’s work was acquired by the Briscoe Center in 2009.

Finding aid for the Peter Simon Photographic Archive
Photojournalism (Collection Strength)
News Media History (Collection Strength)