Photojournalist Lynn Johnson is known for her intense and sensitive work, photographing the global human condition for the past 35 years. As a regular contributor to publications such as National Geographic and various foundations, Johnson has documented celebrities and tragedies alike, bringing a subtle perspective to tough issues—the scourge of landmines, the value of threatened languages, the daily challenge of gathering water for women in Africa, Rape in the Military and the global danger of zoonotic disease. Her photographs, based on fairness and compassion are an attempt to honor and share the stories of others. Today, she sees her personal work moving from that of observer to advocate. Johnson uses her role as photographer and teacher to promote dialogue and encourage a change in attitudes and perceptions of intolerance and prejudice. Her Master’s thesis as a Knight Fellow at Ohio University, Hate Kills, illuminates the impact of hate crimes on American society. She is also a frequent educator with National Geographic’s Photo Camps, using photography to help at-risk youth around the world to develop their own voices.
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