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Lorna Simpson (American, 1960- )

Lorna Simpson received her M.F.A in visual arts from the University of California, San Diego. An African-American documentary photographer, she began to question the "truth" in objective photographs and switched to conceptual photography, where idea takes precedence over form. She draws on traditional African-American storytelling by combining text or narrative with her images. A major theme is the plight of black women, whom she often views as victims who lack personal identity. Simpson frequently uses an advertising format with oversized images and short phrases that deconstruct language to challenge the viewer's assumptions and stereotypes. Her recent projects include three-dimensional work, installations, and film.
- Barbara Lenihan

Selected Bibliography

Grundberg, Andy, afterword. Lorna Simpson. San Francisco: Friends of Photography, 1992.

Hartman, Saidiya V., and Wright, Beryl. Lorna Simpson: For the Sake of the Viewer. Chicago: Universe Publishing, 1992.

Video. "A World of Art Works in Progress." Burlington, Vt.: The Annenberg/CPB Collection, 1997.


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