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Meet The Artist Series; Local Photographer,and Educator, Donita Simpson

Spotlight on local photographer and educator, Donita Simpson.

Local artists are featured in Donita Simpson's latest project - Artist/Photographer Donita Simpson.
Photographs courtesy of Donita Simpson.
Donita Simpson taken by Steve Boni.
Photograph courtesy of Steve Boni and used by permission.

This article is spot-lighting a widely recognized, and highly distinguished local artist, Donita Simpson.

It shouldn't be news to anyone that it is often debated if photography is in fact an art form. There are many purported art connoisseurs who do not recognize photographers as artists. Despite this ongoing controversy, there is no doubt in the minds of her loyal following, Donita Simpson is an artist and a master at her craft. She is most admired for her environmental portraits.

It is an honor for me to include Donita in my Meet The Artist Series.


Where do you call home in the Detroit area?

I was born in Detroit but now reside in Royal Oak.

Your educational and art background?

I have a BFA, MFA and MEd from Wayne State. Also have taught photography for a few years at WSU and Marygrove College.

When did you become interested in art and photography?

I shot my first portrait when I was six. Of course it wasn't a great photo but it's a special photograph and it means a lot to me today. I can share it with you if you like... And there's a cute little story that goes along with it.
I've been making photographs ever since but I'm not going to tell you how long that has been. That's classified info.

What inspires you?

Stories inspire me. The stories in faces, the stories on art, the stories that people tell, everybody has got a story... Films, books, there is nothing better than a story. Every picture tells a story, right?

What do you feel your art says about the person you are?

I think that my current project says that I believe in people, they are the most interesting entities on the planet and the artist series I've been working on for the last several years is about recognizing our artists and identifying them as the true "Spirit of Detroit".

Contact info, and anything else you would like to share?

I can be reached at

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