This inspiring photographer wanted us to believe in the classic notion, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” through her unique captured pieces of artwork. Lorna Simpson is one of the most famous African-American photographers of today. Through her photographs, she wanted to share her story, her experiences, and her heartfelt messages, especially to the people who share the same race as her. Her exceptionally captured photos have been featured in several art gallery and international arts festival including Venice Biennale.
Lorna Simpson was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 13, 1960. Ever since a little angel, Lorna found herself really interested in arts and the wonderful messages it conveys through different forms. She went to High School of Art and Design in New York City to gain knowledge and practice the passion she has since she was young. Lorna decided to study painting at the New York School of Visual Arts for college. However, she chose to leave the specific form of art when she was suddenly get captured by the beauty of unmoving images.
Lorna switched from painting to photography without hesitations. While studying, she found the real reason why she was being drawn by art and photography. She wanted to identify her very own identity.
Her Unique Form of Art
After her graduation, Lorna went all around Africa and Europe to improve more of her skills at documentary photography. However, as she gained experiences, meet people and indulge into a variety of cultures, Lorna had also developed and found an inspiration to explore more of herself and more of her art’s genre.
Lorna underwent through a lot of experimentation to give more voice to her photographs. While she was earning her M.F.A at the University of California, it was far from her expectations that she would actually and triumphantly come up with a unique way of showcasing her photographs.
Her Own Story
Lorna admitted that it was not easy being a Black woman. Little did she knew, it will be the main inspiration for her unique presentation of photographs. People named her as a conceptual photographer because she was able to combine meaningful words and powerful photographs all at once.
Lorna’s artworks became served as a loud voice for marginalized people. As a black woman who experienced the society’s unfairness and baseless judgments, she used her own passion to tell hers’ and every African-American’s story. Because of the exceptional impact that her photographs gave, it was not long enough before her works were featured and exhibited on a list of art gallery and solo exhibitions.
When 1990 came, Lorna earned the title as the very first African-American beauty to display her works at an international arts festival, specifically at Venice Biennale. With her unique photographs, Lorna bravely told the heartbreaking story of her, being a woman and an African-American, but with her addition of powerful and consequential words, she also strongly showed braveness and power. Lorna was able to speak for all of the women and African-American, they are more than what can people see and there’s beauty inside each of them, all of us.