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Chester Simpson

Chester Simpson

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Profession: Photographer
Status: Chester Simpson Photography
Location: Washington Dc , United States
Home base: http://www.ChesterSimpson.com
URL: http://www.ChesterSimpson.com
URL: http://www.Rock-N-RollPhotos.com
Email: •••••••• (private)
Mobile email: •••••••• (private)
Languages spoken: English
Organization: EP, PPA,ASMP
Mobile phone: 703 303-9436
Home phone: 703 931-8911
Last login: over 3 years ago
Member since: 04 Aug 2005 08:08


Chester Simpson grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, a town set in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, before hitchhiking across the country in 1975 to accept a scholarship at the San Francisco Institute of Art to study photography. In San Francisco, he met two of the major influences on his life, legendary master photographer Ansel Adams, founder of the Institutes photography department, and Jim Marshall, the famous rock-n-roll photographer. While attending school, he assisted photographers to learn the business side of photography and started hanging out and taking photographs in punk rock clubs at night. Rolling Stone magazine published his first picture while he was still in Art School, which kicked off his career as a rock-n-roll photographer shooting for MTV, VH-1, 60 Minutes, Warner Bros, MCA, AM, Capitol, CBS, and Chrysalis Records He also shot for magazines like Rolling Stone, BAM, New Musical Express, Melody Maker, Mojo, People, Newsweek, Creem, Berkeley Barb, Circus, California, New West, New York Rocker, and San Francisco. After ten years and several record covers to his credit he moved to Alexandria, Virginia, married, became a father,and freelanced as a tour photographer traveling with music artists all over the world to entertain our troops on USO Tours. Documenting thirty-five USO tours with performers and celebrities such as La Toya Jackson, Billy Joel, Jay Leno, Sheryl Crow, Sinbad, Hilary & Chelsea Clinton, Hootie & the Blowfish, Gin Blossoms, B.B. King, Paula Cole, 10,000 Maniacs, Blues Traveler, Claudia Church, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts among many others, he visited U.S. bases in Bosnia, Macedonia, Haiti, Panama, Honduras, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Dubi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Hungary, Italy, Sicily, Azores, Germany, Netherlands, England, France, Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland, Puerto Rico, Cuba, St. Thomas, Bermuda, Antigua, Croatia, Japan, Okinawa, and Korea. During 2000 he became the Photo Editor/Photographer for the Stars and Stripes Newspaper in the USA until it folded in 2001. Chester now works on personal projects and freelances for corporations, organizations, associations, and publications in and around the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. He was at the Pentagon on Sept. 11th taking digital pictures thirty-five minutes after the jet hit the building and transmitted them to SIPA Photo agency in Paris, France an hour later. Simpson owns the copyright to all of his images, exhibits in local galleries in the Washington, DC area and is working on his book project, “Portraits of Patriots” Portraits with stories of American EX-Prisoners of War.



Chester Simpson. pp. May 18, 2008, May 18 2008. "Bon Jovi" 60 Minutes , pp. May 18, 2008. CBS: Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood , May 18 2008.
Chester Simpson. "Led Zeppelin Official Calendar 2008" Mothership , Winter 2008.
Chester Simpson. 2006 Calendar , pp. page# 2, Oct 2005. United States Navy Memorial 2006 Calendar 2006 Calendar , pp. page# 2. Oct 2005.
Chester Simpson. 2004 Annual Report , pp. Cover & Inside, Summer 2005. U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation 2004 Annual Report , pp. Cover & Inside. Summer 2005.
Chester Simpson. Q Mojo Classic , pp. page# 71, Jun 15 2005. Q Mojo Classic , pp. page# 71. Jun 15 2005.
Chester Simpson. National Enquirer , pp. pages# 18 & 19, May 9 2005. National Enquirer , pp. pages# 18 & 19. May 9 2005.
Chester Simpson. NME Originals , pp. page# 96, Apr 14 2005. "Mod Originals" NME Originals , pp. page# 96. Apr 14 2005.
Chester Simpson. Uncut Legends , pp. page#66, Dec 2004. The Clash Uncut Legends , pp. page#66. Dec 2004.
Chester Simpson. Uncut Legends , pp. page# 77, Nov 2004. Bruce Springteen Uncut Legends , pp. page# 77. Nov 2004.
Chester Simpson. Vibe , pp. page# 133, Nov 2004. Rick James - Super Freak Vibe , pp. page# 133. Nov 2004.

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