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Lynn Johnson Receives 2019 Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award | PDNPulse
American photojournalist Lynn Johnson, a National Geographic contributor, will receive the 2019 Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award of $20,000.
The photographer Lynn Johnson grew up in Pittsburgh, a city famed for its industry and attendant air pollution. She still recalls how her father would take a spare white shirt to work every day, as his collar would become discolored by noon. While the Steel City has given way to more tech-driven jobs, in the 21st century its air quality still ranks among the worst in the country, according to the American Lung Association.
David Guttenfelder, Lynn Johnson, Cory Richards, and Brian Skerry—each with an equally strong passion for the different subjects they cover—have been named as the members of this inaugural group
Both photographers have experienced the sexist and patronizing manner of colleagues and bosses. Yet they have used those experiences to their advantage. I sat down separately with Johnson and Steber to talk about being women in a traditionally male field and some of the advantages their gender has given them.
Lynn Johnson on the Heroic Nature of Humanity
“It is an addiction… to see the incredible beauty and desperate circumstances that people are able to survive in.” — Lynn Johnson Lynn Johnson first recognized the extraordinary power of photography huddled in her school library as a child, looking throug
Lynn Johnson first recognized the extraordinary power of photography huddled in her school library as a child, looking through the Farm Security Administration’s iconic photographs of the Great Depression
Women on the Front Lines and Behind the Lens
While you can’t necessarily identify if an image was captured by a woman or a man, women still tend to be underrepresented in the photography world — and tend to face unique challenges.
“Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment,” an exhibition opening Thursday and on view through March 9, 2014. It features 10 other photographers — Lynsey Addario, Kitra Cahana, Jodi Cobb, Diane Cook, Carolyn Drake, Lynn Johnson, Beverly Joubert, Erika Larsen, Maggie Steber and Amy Toensing — who have been published by the magazine in the past decade.
This year’s winner is the one they give the most difficult jobs to… the Missions Impossible. I’m not talking about war zones or active volcanoes, but the topics that are both important but so seemingly impossible to photograph that most of us wouldn’t know where to begin. And like a good spy, our winner does not look anything like Tom Cruise or Matt Damon. And the assignments are not to gain state secrets, but to reveal matters of heart, spirit, and soul. Our winner is one of those people who is assiduously understated, does meticulous research, and enters the subject’s world with extraordinary depth of compassion. The pictures this photographer takes are the slippery pictures of ephemeral moments and framed in a way that, to be perfectly honest, would even elude almost everyone in this room.