Since the late 60s, native Chicagoan Dean Simmon could be spotted on the sidelines at various sporting events, backstage and in the photographers’ mosh pit at concerts, at rock stars’ hotels, at the IndyCar races, and on major Chicago and Hollywood soundstages. Dean worked his way from processing film in his basement at the age of 12 to majoring in photography in college. He covered the sports beat at a Chicago suburban newspaper before moving in to the world of music, shooting for local and national magazines, record labels and poster companies.
His photography includes iconic images of KISS, Aerosmith, Queen, The Ramones, Rush, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Journey, and other platinum-selling rock bands, plus candid photos of Bob Marley, Debbie Harry and others. Insider access, coupled with extensive concert experience, an intuitive eye and hair-trigger shutter finger, enabled Dean to capture definitive onstage poses by some of the world’s greatest rock stars. He caught Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Keith Richards and many others in action at their most intense moments. Working in the late 70s and early 80s, Dean covered Chicago and Midwest concerts for national and regional publications including Circus and Billboard, among others.
Dean lives near Chicago
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