Lynn Johnson photographs the human condition. A regular contributor to National Geographic, Johnson searches for beauty and meaning in elusive, difficult subjects—threatened languages, zoonotic disease, rape in the military, the centrality of water in village life.
As a teacher, Johnson engages her students to ask difficult questions. At National Geographic Photo Camps, she helps at-risk youth around the world find their creative voices. At Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, she is helping to develop a program that challenges master’s students in the Multimedia, Photography and Design department push past their comfort levels in pursuit of their truth.
Over the years Johnson's work has been recognized with many World Press awards, Pictures of the Year awards and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for highlighting social justice and human rights, among others. Her work has been shown at Visa pour l’image-Perpignan, included in Communication Arts Annuals and published in over a dozen books, most recently National Geographic’s Women of Vision.