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John Varvatos makes show of Peter Simon’s photos

John Varvatos (left) and photographer Peter Simon at Varvatos’s office in New York City.

John Varvatos (left) and photographer Peter Simon at Varvatos’s office in New York City.

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Designer John Varvatos is opening a new store at Copley Place next month and he’s teamed with Martha’s Vineyard-based photographer Peter Simon to put something on the walls. Simon, a celebrated shutterbug whose sister is singer Carly Simon, tells us he’ll have a one-person show at Varvatos’s new Boston boutique in December, and the exhibit of his rock ’n’ roll images will then travel to stores in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. “It’s a great breakthrough for me,” said Simon, who’s celebrating 50 years of taking pictures. (He picked up a camera for the first time when he was 16.) Though he’s taken a lot of pictures of politicians and landscapes over the years, it’s Simon’s photos of musicians for which he’s best known. The Vineyard Haven gallery he runs with his wife, jewelry maker Ronni Simon, is wall to wall with pictures of Bob Marley, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, James Taylor, Sting, the Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin. (Simon took the photo of Robert Plant on the porch of the Continental Hyatt House when he famously yelled, “I’m a golden god!”) “Varvatos just loves rock ’n’ roll, so this makes sense,” he said. Simon is also at work on a DVD, “Through the Lens — Celebrating 50 Years of Personalized Photojournalism,” which will give fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse at his work. He’s financing the project using the crowd-sourced fund-raising site Kickstarter.

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