Lynn Johnson

Lynn Johnson photographs the human condition. A regular contributor to National Geographic, Johnson is known for finding beauty and meaning in elusive, difficult subjects—threatened languages, zoonotic disease, rape in the military ranks, the power of cannabis. She collaborates with the people she portrays to honor their visions as well as her own. At National Geographic Photo Camps, she helps at-risk youth around the world find their creative voices. At Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, she developed a mentoring program that challenges master’s students to push past their comfort levels in pursuit of the story’s truth, frame by frame. Johnson has also worked for LIFE and Sports Illustrated and published 37 feature stories in National Geographic Magazine. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Award and was Pulitzer finalist on two occasions. 

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