Lynn Johnson Named Syracuse Newhouse Visiting Professional

Photojournalist Lynn Johnson. Photograph by Annie O'Neill
Photojournalist Lynn Johnson.Photograph by Annie O'Neill


SYRACUSE, NY (February 1, 2013) – The Multimedia Photography and Design department at The Newhouse School at Syracuse University is pleased to announce that acclaimed photographer Lynn Johnson will be its first MPD Visiting Professional, and she will be teaching a special projects course for Newhouse students this year.

Newhouse School MPD chair and associate professor Bruce Strong made the announcement today.

Recently selected by her fellow National Geographic photographers to receive the third annual National Geographic Photographer's Photographer Award, Johnson also has won major honors from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, and Communication Arts. She has also received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Coverage of the Disadvantaged, as well as the Soros/OSI Documentary Photography Grant.

Johnson's images have published in such publications as National Geographic, Life, Geo, Fortune, Newsweek, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, and in 10 different books. She also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector and working with foundations including the Ford Foundation, the Heinz Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

She will be teaching her first MPD CORE Projects class, made up of selected graduate and undergraduate students. [CORE is an acronym for create, observe, reflect, engage.] Working under her mentorship, each student will propose, research, and begin to plan a personal project this semester. Then, at the beginning of the summer, Johnson will hold an intensive 10-day period of lectures, discussions, and field work. Then students will head out to work on their projects (nationally or internationally, depending on their proposals). Later in the summer the students and Johnson will gather again for another 10-day seminar, this time evaluating, editing, and developing either an exhibit or a multimedia production.

Johnson has agreed to return for the 2013-14 year also, Strong said. "Our new graduate class will have the good fortune of enjoying her guidance all year long, culminating in their final projects during the summer of 2014. This is a rare opportunity to learn from a 'photographer's photographer.' We here at MPD look forward to working with Lynn as our first visiting professional, and our students are extremely excited to be a part of this new venture. It makes me want to be a student again!"

Johnson earned a degree in photographic illustration and photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and she was a Knight Fellow at Ohio University and earned her master's degree from the School of Visual Communication. She was a staff photographer at The Pittsburgh Press for seven years before going freelance to shoot for Black Star and, later, Aurora Photos. Johnson is currently represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.

Johnson's photography can be seen online here.