Coreen Simpson

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Coreen Simpson (born February 18, 1942) is a noted African-American photographer and jewelry designer, whose work has an African-American theme. She was born and resides in New York City.

Simpson's photographic career began as a fashion photographer for the Village Voice and the Amsterdam News in the early 1980s, and covered many African-American cultural and political events in the mid-1980s. She is also noted for her studies of Harlem nightlife. Her work's ability to present a wide variety of subjects with "depth of character and dignity" has been compared to that of Diane Arbus and Weegee.[1]

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Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, 2001
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, 2001, 1998
  • Anacostia Museum/Smithsonian, Washington, DC, 2000
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NY, 1999
  • Musée de la Photographie, Brussels, Belgium, 1998
  • International Center of Photography, New York, NY, 1998


  • Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY;
  • Parsons School of Design, New York, NY


  • Light Work Residency, 1987
  • Nueva Luz, Volume 1#2



  • Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Black Women Photographers, Writers & Readers, 1993
  • "Coreen Simpson", Black Women in America, MacMillan, 1999


  1. ^ Black Women in America, p. 250.