Simon is a professional photographer living in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, specialising in editorial, documentary (reportage) and heritage photography. He is a graduate of Blackpool College of Art (HND), the University for the Creative Arts (BA) and Saint Martin’s School of Art, London (MA). He is a former KODAK Professional Photographer of the Year, an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2017, he became the first British photographer to win the prestigious Longford International Art Portrait Award and in 2019 was named BIPP Professional Photographer of the Year and Yorkshire Region Portrait Photographer of the Year. He is a Trustee and President Elect of the Royal Photographic Society; he will serve as President of the Royal Photographic Society from 2021 to 2023.
Over the past 30 years, Simon has worked with over 350 museums, galleries, historic sites, attractions and cultural events in over 50 countries, including major projects for the National Trust, English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Office of Public Works (Ireland), the National Museum of Denmark, the National Museum of Ireland, and many others. His work has been published in numerous books by publishers including Dorling Kindersley, Oxford University Press, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Heineman; in magazines including National Geographic Magazine, the Observer Magazine and the Sunday Times Magazine; and used by national broadcasters in the UK (BBC), Ireland (RTE), Denmark (DR), Germany (ZDF) and many online media channels.
Simon’s fourth solo photographic book The 160th Great Yorkshire Show: A Photographer’s View, with a Foreword by HRH The Princess Royal and a Preface by The Duke of Devonshire, was published in November 2018. A portfolio from this project can be seen here