Jonathan Simms

Senior Lecturer in Photography, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester



About me

Jonathan Simms teaches on the BA(Hons) Photography at the University for the Creative Arts at Rochester. As an assistant in the late 80’s, he first worked with British and French Vogue. Early productions with Max Vadulul led to work with Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair. Time was spent in New York with Alex Chatelain, moving to Paris in the early 90’s to assist Paolo Roversi, Albert Watson, Steve Hiett, and a full time post with Pamela Hanson. Jonathan’s publishing career took off with the support of stylist Brana Wolf in the world of Fashion Photography, shooting for Vogue Pelle. Based in Paris, further commissions ensued with stylist Emmanuel Alt, for Vingt Ans magazine and French Marie Claire. Clients such as Elle, Glamour, GQ, Marie Claire, Spanish Vogue, Vogue Homme, commissioned for a style that took Inspiration from the French ‘New Wave’ cinema, yet entwined the intimate format of the Leica M series camera. Jonathan’s work during 90's was influenced by a rich and exciting time within the world of Fashion, with designers open to risk and prepared to adventure into the unconventional. Working with instant transparency film, the 35mm film was later enlarged on to a 10x8 Polaroid materials as final prints.


  • Teaching
  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Art Photography
  • Commercial Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Picture Editing
  • Lighting Design
  • Documentary
  • Editorial
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning