Who Is Joel Simpson?

Photographer since age 13 (1960), went pro in 2002. Joel has had solo photography shows in New York, New Jersey, Paris, Tours (France), and Barcelona and been in group shows in New Jersey, New York, Rome, and elsewhere, and has won several international awards. His photographs have been published in Camera Arts, View (Brussels), Silvershotz (Australia), Focus Exposures (online), and Adbusters. Before turning pro, he earned a PhD in comparative literature from Brown University (1976), became fluent in French and Italian and fair in German, having lived in those three countries, taught English at the University of New Orleans, (1973–78), became a professional jazz pianist, playing on Bourbon Street (1978-89), making an album of original compositions (1989), creating the Dick Hyman Century of Jazz Piano CD-ROM (1999, selected as one of the NY Times’ 13 best CD-ROMs that year), wrote a how-to book on blues piano (Blues—By You, Cherry Lane Music, 1997); taught English, French and Italian in the NJ/NY area 2001-06. This year (2019) he published a big photo art book of geological photography entitled Earthforms: Intimate Portraits of Our Planet. See it at earthforms.net.

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