Photo credit: Ronald Herard

Photo credit: Ronald Herard

Salimah Ali

Born in Harlem, New York in 1954 and lived in Manhattan for the first few years of her life. Her family moved to the Gowanus Projects in Brooklyn where she lived until age 11. In the mid-sixties her family moved to South Jamaica Projects AKA 40 projects in Queens. At age 18 she moved out on her own and still resides in Jamaica, Queens.

Salimah has always possessed the spirit of creativity. Her father was an oil painter for as long as she can remember.  This native New Yorker is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology with an A.A.S. in Photography. The Fashion Institute was a catalyst for her photo career. She has been a featured photographer in many exhibits across the country which have included The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Brooklyn Museum of Arts, Tweed Gallery, Soho Photo Gallery, Jamaica Arts Center for Arts and Learning, The Schimmel Center for the Arts, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Aperture Gallery and the Kenkeleba House just to name a few.

Salimah is a current member of KAMOINGE, INC. since 2005. She received a grant from The Open Society Institute for her work in "KAMOINGE: “Revealing the Face of Katrina". Her work is also part of a permanent collection at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Her work has appeared in the following national publications: Essence Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Black Enterprise, USA Today, Newsday, The New York Times, LA Times, Unique New York Magazine and The Washington Post and web content.

This esteemed photographer who uses her eyes to voice her words and continues to share her vision with the world through her works in several books, which includes photography in “Viewfinder” Black Women Photographers, "Black Women in America", a three-volume encyclopedia set of Black Women in America from all walks of life, “Committed To The Image” Contemporary Black Photographers, “Reflections In Black” Author – Debra Willis and “The Face Of Our Past” Images of Black Women from Colonial America, Timeless and MFON.

Salimah’s love for photography has taken her on many journey’s: such as Hong Kong, Singapore, St. Lucia, Canada and other places around the world. She has also photographed such celebrities as Earth, Wind and Fire, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Eartha Kitt, Patti LaBelle, Lena Horne, Noel Pointer, Eddie Kendrick’s, Grover Washington, Grace Jones and others.

Through her works, she leaves a legacy to inspire, motivate and challenge you to greatness. For more information please visit her @Salimah1