Joel Simpson Biography


     A New Jersey native, I've been photographing since I was a teenager in the 1960s. A 35mm amateur for most of my life—while I earned a doctorate in comparative literature from Brown; taught college English, French and Italian; pursued jazz piano for 22 years and created prize-winning multi-media music software (Dick Hyman’s Century of Jazz Piano CD-ROM) that sold worldwide—I began photographing in medium format in 2002, and digital in 2005. Since  2002 I have shown in nine New York and area galleries, two in Texas, and one each in Massachusetts, Colorado, Detroit and Seattle. My work has been published in Camera Arts (Fort Collins, CO), View Magazine (Brussells), and in The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today, volume II (ES Publishing, Miami, FL, 2008), and extended articles in Silvershotz (Dec. 2011) and Focus (digital, June, 2012).  My first European show was in Barcelona in the spring of 2008 (Jean-Paul Perrier Gallery) consisting of three of my Virtual Sculpture series, and since then I've  had two shows in France: in Tours as part of Photofolies en Touraine (11 works, Oct–Nov. 2008) and at the Musée de l’érotisme in Paris, La Sculpture virturelle et ses avatars (Oct. ‘08–March ‘09, 50 works of Virtual Sculpture), which has retained two of my works in their permanent collection.


    I curated a show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical (WAH) Center in 2007  featuring 125 photographers in 2007 entitled Sun Pictures to Mega-Pixels: Archaic Process and Digital Process Photography. The Center owns a number of my works in its permanent collection. I had a solo show at the New Britain (CT) Art League in August of 2012. I exhibited a large selection of his work at the PooL Art Fair in 2013, at the Flatiron Hotel in New York.


    In April, May and part of June of 2014, I went on a 10-week 12-country round-the-world tour, which I planned with a traveling companion. Since then I have lectured on world travel and photography and shown a number of images from the trip in exhibitions. A two-week trip around Northern and Central California in August, 2015, expanded my inventory of geological and botanical images.