Kate Simon (b. Poughkeepsie, NY, 1953) is a New York-based photographer whose work has documented the artists, poets, and musicians in New York City during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Among her subjects are Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith and Iggy Pop. Simon’s photographs of the emerging punk rock scene are legendary and include the cover for The Clash’s first album.
Simon’s work as a photojournalist brought her to England, where she first saw reggae musician Bob Marley. From taking live shots of the Exodus tour in 1977 and the Kaya album cover, to recording candid and personal moments offstage, Simon had unique access to Bob Marley and the Wailers up until Marley’s death in 1981. During that time, she created a visual archive of extraordinary depth and quality, documenting the life of one of the most influential musical artists of all time. Simon’s photographs of Bob Marley and the reggae scene are published in her book Rebel Music (Genesis Publications, 2004).