Lynn Johnson

Photo by Annie O’Neill

Photo by Annie O’Neill

“I’m short,” says Lynn Johnson. “That’s one of the things I pack in my camera bag.” Also invisibility, compassion, sunscreen and outrage. Recently awarded a National Geographic fellowship, Johnson is known for shooting elusive subjects—language, disease, rape, water—and for asking tough questions. Her thesis as a Knight Fellow at Ohio University probed hate crimes; at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications she challenges master’s students to push past their own comfort levels. Dedicated to exploring the far reaches of the human condition, she spends maybe two months a year at home in Pittsburgh, packing that camera bag over and over



  • National Geographic Magazine
  • National Geographic Photo Camps
  • Ripple Effect Images
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Geo magazine
  • Sports Illustrated
  • LIFE magazine

Awards & Recognition

  • The Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Grant for Hate Kills
  • The Heinz Foundation grants for environmental photography projects
  • Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Coverage of the Disadvantaged
  • Pictures of the Year Awards - University of Missouri School of Journalism
  • National Geographic Explorer Fellowship
  • World Press Awards


Lynn’s work has appeared In the following books:

  • Women of Vision: National Geographic’s Female Photographers  2013

  • Through the Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs 2003

  • Edward Curtis: Coming to Light 2002
  • John Muir: Nature’s Visionary 2001
  • Nature’s Medicines: Plants that Heal 2000
  • Women Photographers at National Geographic 2000
  • Women in the Material World 1996
  • Power to Heal 1990
  • Men’s Lives 1984

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