Dick Simon

Documentary Photography

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Spring 2017 Exhibit Location #30

Lake Ave Studio  
219 Lake Ave.
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In a time of political polarization, media accounts of police shootings and escalating conflict in Syria, I was "on the ground" getting exposure to unfamiliar parts of the country and photographing along the way. Over the course of three months on the road, I pedaled 3,957.5 miles (just shy of an even 4,000) through ten states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, and Massachusetts, as well as 300 miles in Canada. This trip was the combination of a lifelong "bucket list" dream, an immense physical test, an opportunity to overcome my fears and revel in solitude, as well as a kNOw THEM challenge to my own preconceived notions of THEM, those who live differently than I do and have political views other than my own.

Dick Simon shares the untold human stories behind the headlines in regions of conflict around the world, bridging the gap between “us” and “them”. His photographs and personal accounts from Syria, North Korea, Iran, Israel/Palestine and elsewhere have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, BBC Persian, NPR/PBS, Huffington Post, and other major media. He has given presentations, using his images and stories to enhance awareness and educate at TEDx, RiseUp Egypt, Harvard, Tufts, YPO Chapters around the world, museums, and a variety of religious, community and business organizations. Exhibitions include Danforth Museum of Art, Griffin Museum of Photography, Minneapolis Photo Center, The Art Institute of New York and The New England Institute of Art. Simon is co-Founder and Chair of the YPO Peace Action Network (PAN). YPO has over 24,000 CEO business leaders in 150 countries. PAN enables them to utilize expertise, relationships and resources to make a difference globally. A serial entrepreneur and real estate developer, Dick is an active social enterprise philanthropist and committed changemaker.

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