Kate Simon (born 1953) is an American portrait photographer and writer. Her extensive and ongoing practice has captured the essence and inner workings of some the most influential artists, writers, and thinkers of the 21st century.
Kate's career began in the early 1970's, as both a freelance and staff photographer based out of London. Early subjects included the poet W.H. Auden, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, writer William S. Burroughs, the Clash, amongst many others.
Moving to New York in the late 1970's, Kate re-located to New York City, ensconsing herself into the culture milieu of the time as a staff photographer and regular appearance on Glenn O'Brien's TV Party, working with Andy Warhol as a staff writer and photographer for Interview magazine, as well as other notable assignments. Notable subjects of the period included Debbie Harry, Michael Jackson, William Burroughs, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others.
Since the 1990's, Kate's practice has continued to evolve, with a variety of notable artists and thinkers, such as Robert Rauschenberg, Gary Indiana, Dennis Hopper, Jamie Nares, George Condo, Damien Hirst, and Peter McGough among others.
Among her many accolades and achievements, Kate is well known to have captured some of the most intimate and poignant images of Bob Marley and the Wailers in the mid-to-late 1970's. Having spent several years operating in and out of Kingston, Jamaica, Kate worked closely with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Lee “Scratch” Perry and others - affording her a level of intimacy into the world of Jamaican music that has resulted in some of the world’s most iconic images of reggae culture and music to date. Her acclaimed book: Rebel Music: Bob Marley & Roots Reggae, published in limited edition by Genesis Publications, is a highly collective cult classic and a highly prized anthology of the life of Bob Marley. We are thrilled to feature a selection of these works from her time in Jamaica, particularly in conjunction with our "Catch a Fire" exhibition, taking place from January 28th - March 18th, 2021.
Simon’s photography has appeared on countless book jackets, record covers and in publications around the world. Her works have appeared in a variety of solo and group shows and her works are in various of notable private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian (DC), The Andy Warhol Museum (PA), The Yale University Art Gallery (CT), the Jamaican Embassy (DC), among others. Her acclaimed book: Rebel Music: Bob Marley & Roots Reggae was published in a limited edition by: Genesis Publications.