“I am endlessly entertained by what I see as I travel through life,” he says. “I love the way man marks his space to claim it and what happens visually as a result. The camera’s ability to extract and record the intersection of objects and situations is what I respond to. I travel a fair amount; sometimes to interesting places sometimes not, but always pictures seem to be hovering.”
The deadpan caption titles to his photos can’t hide his wry perspective.
Johnson has been involved in photography since the early 70's. He graduated in 1975 from RISD with an MFA and studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind after spending a year at Visual Studies Workshop with Nathan Lyons. He is on the summer faculty for Maine Photographic Workshops and Visual Studies Workshop, and Penland School of Crafts. He is currently at work on two book projects and a new body of work entitled Ground/Cover.