Trained as a journalist, Larry Simon was a sportswriter, award-winning advertising copywriter, and commercial voiceover before turning to photography full-time. His two decades as a narrator gave him the creative and personal time and space to pursue the art of making photographs during periods of travel mostly in Europe and Japan. In 2013, with more than 11,000 digital photographs enduring solitary confinement in his laptop, friends and colleagues encouraged Larry to begin showing his work. Larry blends his instincts for street photography with his love of composition to tell compelling, often solitudinous tales through the lenses of his rangefinder camera, without zoom or tripod, and free of filters or post manipulation. His strongest influence is the work of Gerhard Richter, who once observed, “I like continual uncertainty.’
A constant roamer, Larry Simon is based in Chicago. He is self-taught.