Joel graduated from the University of Arizona in 1984 with a BFA in Photography, and soon established a commercial studio in Denver, Colorado. Joel has been selected as one of Canon’s exclusive Explorer Of Light photographers.
For over 35 years Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and corporations across the globe. Over the years his assignments have taken him to every state across the USA and fifty countries around the globe.
In 1990 Joel produced his first coffee table book, ‘Navajo, Portrait of a Nation’ which received a number of photographic and design awards and produce an eighteen-month sixty print solo exhibition at the Smithsonian American History museum in Washington DC.
Driven by the creative process, Joel views himself as an illusionist, creating portraits larger than life. Joel also teaches workshops and lectures across the country for venues such as Adobe Max, Annenberg Space for Photography, Art Center-Pasadena, ASMP, B&H Photo, Brooks Institute of Photography, CreativeLive, Framed Network, Galitz School of Photography-Tel Aviv, Golf Photo Plus-Dubai, Image Exploration-Canada, Imaging USA, KelbyOne, Northern Arizona University, Marianna Santoni-Italy, Photoshop World, PhotoPro Expo, Scandinavian Photo-Sweden, Texas School, Twit TV, West Coast School.
In the Spring of 2018 Joel launched the Joel Grimes Academy, a photographic educational online platform to further his passion to teach others to achieve their dream of being an artist with a camera.