Dean Simmon

Dean Simmon

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 working for Al Unser Sr., 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 portfolio includes iconic images of KISS, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Ramones, Rush, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Journey, and other platinum-selling rock bands, plus candid photos of Bob Marley, Todd Rundgren and Debbie Harry. 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 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.

In the mid-80s, Dean moved into the next phase of his career focusing on major films and television shows such as “Flags Of Our Fathers,” “Pink Panther 2,” “The Amityville Horror,” “Spider-Man 2,” “ER" and “The West Wing.”

Dean's images have been used in publicity by such record companies CBS, RCA, A&M, Elektra, Casablanca, Warner Brothers, Epic and Mercury. The labels created worldwide posters featuring his shots of Rush, Olivia Newton-John and others. Dean has also curated his own photography show, which spotlighted over 600 images.

Dean lives near Chicago with his two children.

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  1. Elvis Costello by Dean Simmon

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    Costello, looking at camera at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago during his first U.S. tour. Learn More
  2. Angus Young by Dean Simmon
  3. Iggy Pop by Dean Simmon

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    Iggy Pop staring into camera at the Riviera Theatre. Learn More
  4. Paul Stanley Chicago, 1979

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    Paul Stanley of KISS, places his guitar on Deans camera on their 1979 World Tour. Learn More
  5. Leon Russell, Chicago 1978

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    Leon Russell touring through Chicago at the Uptown Theatre in 1978. Learn More
  6. Ramones by Dean Simmon
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  8. Van Halen by Dean Simmon

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    David Lee Roth, leaning over Michael Anthony, playing his bass, at The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Learn More
  9. Joey Ramone by Dean Simmon

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    Joey Ramone, and the Ramones playing one of their favorite venues, the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Learn More
  10. Iggy Pop by Dean Simmon, 1978

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    Iggy Pop and his Stooges came through one of his favorite towns,Chicago, on his 1978 US tour performing to a usual sold-out crowd on the north side at the Aragon "Brawlroom". Learn More

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