Preview: Outtakes: Tales of a Rock-N-Roll Photographer @ Principle Gallery, 10/15 + 10/16/21

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Photos by Chester Simpson

It’s been my pleasure to know photographer Chester Simpson for roughly 23 years now, all the more so because he has colorful stories to share from his days in the ’70s and ’80s as a shutterbug for Rolling Stone, NME, Melody Maker, and other big music publications.

While by no means all he has photographed in his long and memorable career, Chester was at ground zero for the punk and new wave scenes in San Francisco after his art school days, and I love to hear about his encounters with Debbie Harry, Duran Duran, Nick Cave, Siouxsie Sioux, and a host of other favorite musicians of the day.

You can hear some of those tales too, as Chester hosts a solo exhibition of his photographs at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, on Friday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 16.

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