Krisanne Johnson

Krisanne Johnson

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Krisanne Johnson is best known for her black and white photographs examining the intimate, daily life moments and complexities of youth culture. From the underground NYC Vogue/Kiki scene to young women coming of age amid the HIV/AIDS epidemic in both the US and southern Africa to post-apartheid youth, her work looks to document the nuances of their multifaceted, shifting lives.

Johnson's work has been awarded by World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, and the Best of Photojournalism. She has received the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, two Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography, support from the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund as well as a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Krisanne's work has been exhibited internationally and has appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including The New YorkerTIMEThe New York Times, and The FADER. Her affiliations include Prospekt Photographers and Women Photograph.

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"I look forward to the interaction with others above all else. The human connection and shared storytelling allow you to capture the quiet nuance and immediacy of the moment"

- Krisanne Johnson

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As part of Canon’s University Education Program, renowned documentary photographer and Canon Explorer of Light, Krisanne Johnson, visited Ohio University’s Scripps School of Communication. This video documents the three days she spent with students at her alma mater and the numerous activities she conducted including classroom takeovers, portfolio reviews, a general presentation of her work, two location workshops, and editing and critique sessions, among other activities.

Krisanne's Gear

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM lens
Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT
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