Joel Simpson has been a serious photographer since age 13, through academic and jazz piano careers, finally going pro in 2002. Since then he has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, including a 5-month show at the Paris Museum of Eroticism, and curating a 125-photographer show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (WAH Center, Brooklyn), which collects his work. He has had many publications, both in the US and abroad, and has won numerous awards.
In 2019 he published a collection of 15 years of his worldwide geological photography in “Earthforms: Intimate Portraits of Our Planet,” which has received enthusiastic reviews (available on Amazon and at earthforms.net). His next project, “Alien Planet: Our Home” will be based around the bizarre and fantastic geology of the Colorado Plateau.
Joel Simpson has recently returned from 18 days driving in a 4WD to wilderness destinations on the Colorado Plateau (AZ, UT & NV). He slept overnight in 8º weather at trailheads after 3.5 hours on deeply rutted muddy and sandy roads to catch the dawn light upon bizarre rock formations, garnished with snow. The most astonishing images from this trip will be featured at his stand #106 at the 2020 ArtExpo, April 23-26 at Pier 94,, along with his best images from earlier travels. His goal is always to present images of things he’s never seen before. The late feminist pioneer artist Carolee Schneemann called him “always a courageous visionary.”