No Bikes

No Bikes

Peter Simon photographed rock and roll artists, antiwar demonstrations, people, and street scenes all over the country, but Martha’s Vineyard was the place he came home to, and images of the Island and its people formed a major part of his work. 

As a photojournalist, Simon trained his camera on the dramatic and the mundane, making a record of the world around him and using his intimate knowledge of the Vineyard scene to make pictures that tell stories like this one:

At the corner of Main Street and South Water Street in Edgartown is a sight familiar to Vineyarders, year-round and seasonal alike, a group of tourists, who perhaps have just rented bicycles. They must discuss a change of plans, since peddling up Main Street past the police officer seems like it might not be the best idea.  


Artist Peter Simon
Title No Bikes
Date c. 1985-90
Type Photograph
Medium Gelatin Silver Print
Place Edgartown, MA
Credit Purchase of the Museum
Ref No 2022.011
Thematic Collection 100 Years, 100 Stories: Artists of This Island
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