Chester Simpson Photography
Chester Simpson has traveled the globe as an editorial photographer, photographing domestic and international news, celebrities, and politics. His assignments have taken him to 45 countries around the world.
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 Institute’s 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 and Warner Bros, MCA, AM, Capitol, CBS, and Chrysalis Records He also shot for magazines like Rolling Stone, BAM, New Musical Express, Melody Maker, 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 Washington, DC and accepted a position as Director of Photography at the Pentagon newspaper, the Pentagram. While working with the military he was introduced to the USO and started freelancing as a tour photographer traveling with celebrity music artists all over the world to entertain our troops. Chester has photographed 37 Celebrity tours with performers such as Anita Baker, Ruth Pointer, Paul Rodriquez, Neal McCoy, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Oleta Adams, Mark Collie, Craig Morgan, Chris Young, MCLYTE, Spyro Gyra, Larry Gatlin, Rick Skaggs, Jeffery Osborne, La Toya Jackson, Billy Joel, Jay Leno, Sheryl Crow, Sinbad, First Lady Hillary & Chelsea Clinton, Clint Black, Hootie & the Blowfish, Gin Blossoms, B.B. King, Paula Cole, 10,000 Maniacs, Blues Traveler, Gerald McRaney, Toby Keith, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, to name a few.
He’s traveled on assignments to: Bosnia, Macedonia, Haiti, Panama, Honduras, Hungary, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Dubi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Hungary, India, Iraq, Italy, Sicily, Azores, Germany, Netherlands, England, France, Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland, Puerto Rico, Cuba, St. Thomas, Bermuda, Antigua, Croatia, Japan, Okinawa, and Korea.
Chester freelances for corporations, organizations, non-profits, and publications in and around the Washington, DC / Baltimore area. His images have been published in major magazines, books, and exhibited internationally.