Keith de Lellis Gallery Kicks-Off the New Year with an Exhibition of Four African-American Photojournalists




Coreen Simpson, Jean Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, NYC, 1985. Image courtesy Keith de Lellis Gallery

Keith de Lellis Gallery will kick-off the New Year with an exhibition highlighting four African-American photojournalists ~ Coreen Simpson, Eli Reed, Beuford Smith, and Ozier Muhammad.

Coreen Simpson (born February 18, 1942) is a noted African-American photographer and jewelry designer. Born in Brooklyn, she began her career in photography when she became editor for Unique New York magazine in 1980, and began photographing to illustrate her articles. She continued her career as a freelance fashion photographer for the Village Voice and Amsterdam News in the early 1980s, among others. In addition, she is known for designing The Black Cameo (1990), with a plethora of famous clients. Simpson lives and works in NYC.

Eli Reed, Photographer Gordon Parks with his daughter, London, England, 1994. Image courtesy Keith de Lellis Gallery.

Eli Reed (born 1946) was the first full-time black photographer employed by Magnum Agency – and the author of several books. Reed is currently the clinical professor of photojournalism at The University of Texas at Austin. He was invited to speak at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as part of their “Visually Speaking” series, and he was a keynote speaker at National Geographic Magazine’s Photography Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Beuford Smith, The Day After MLK was Assassinated, NYC, 1968. Image courtesy Keith de Lellis Gallery

Beuford Smith (born in 1941, Cincinnati, Ohio) was inspired to pursue photographer in 1965 after meeting Roy DeCarava. This opened a door for Smith to become a member of the Kamoinge Workshop. He founded Cesaire Photo Agency, named for his son, in 1977, and was the founder and chief photo editor of the Black Photographers Annual. He has had solo shows at Studio Museum in Harlem, Benin Art Gallery, Wilmer Jennings Gallery and Keith de Lellis Gallery. He is president emeritus of Kamoinge.

Ozier Muhammad, “D’s Love’ Chicago, Illinois, 1970. Image courtesy Keith de Lellis Gallery.

Ozier Muhammad earned a B.A. in 1972 in photography from Columbia College Chicago. He worked for Ebony Magazine, The Charlotte Observer and Newsday before joining the staff of The New York Times as a photographer from 1992 to 2014. While at Newsday, Muhammad shared the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting with two colleagues for their series on the plight of the hungry in Africa. He is the grandson of Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam.

Photographs by Four African American Photojournalists will be on view from Februar13y to April 19, 2024 at Keith de Lellis Gallery, 41 Was 57th Street, Suite 703, NYC. Gallery open Tuesday – Friday from 11am to 5pm and on Saturday by appointment.

There will be an Opening Reception on Tuesday, February 13th from 6-8pm