'National Geographic' Photographer Lynn Johnson to Give Presentation at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Award-winning photojournalist Lynn Johnson will show and discuss her work at Ithaca College on Thursday, Feb. 21. Her 7:30 p.m. presentation in Park Hall Auditorium is free and open to the public.

Currently dividing her time between assignments for “National Geographic” and various nonprofit foundations, Johnson has traveled from Siberia to Zambia and photographed celebrities ranging from Tiger Woods to Mister Rogers and the entire U.S. Supreme Court. Yet her favorite assignments have been in-depth portraits for emotionally demanding stories about ordinary people: a family struggling with AIDS, a woman undergoing breast reconstruction after cancer, the death of an African-American coach in Amish country, native Hawaiians who protect traditional ways.

Johnson’s work has also appeared in “Sports Illustrated,” “Life” and “Fortune,” among other publications. While serving as a Knight Fellow in the School of Visual Communications at Ohio University, she developed “Hate Kills,” a thought-provoking exhibit and book on the impact of hate crimes on American society. Among other accolades, she has been honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalist Award for Coverage of the Disadvantaged, National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer Award and several World Press Photography Awards.

Her appearance at Ithaca College is part of the Park Award for Photo Activism Project, cosponsored by the Park Foundation, Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications and the Community Arts Partnership.

The project includes pairing student photographers with local nonprofit organizations. Participating students are enrolled in a documentary photography class taught by Janice Levy, professor of cinema, photography, and media arts. As their class assignment, students will provide in-depth visual explorations of the contributions these organizations make to their constituencies and our community. While Johnson is in Ithaca, she will visit the class and offer feedback on students’ work.

For more information on Johnson and her work, visit lynnjohnsonphoto.com. For more information on the project, contact Melissa Gattine, marketing communications manager in the Park School, at (607) 274-1023 or mgattine@ithaca.edu.

Lynn Johnson to give presentation on campus, photo by Randy Olson