Krisanne Johnson (b. 1976) grew up in Xenia, Ohio. She graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and pursued postgraduate work in visual communications at Ohio University. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
Since 2006, Krisanne has been working on long-term personal projects about young women and HIV/AIDS in Swaziland and South Africa’s post-apartheid youth culture. Krisanne’s work has been exhibited internationally and has appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, TIME, The New York Times, Fader, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, US News & World Report, L’Espresso (Italy), Vanity Fair (Italy), D la Repubblica (Italy).
Apart from her documentary work, her fashion work has been shown during the International Center for Photography’s Year of Fashion in the group exhibit, Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now, curated by Vince Aletti and Carol Squiers. In 2012, this work was also included in the group show, Black Gossamer, at the Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago curated by Camille Morgan.
2014 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography
2013 Photo Urbanism Fellowship from the Design Trust for Public Space
2013 Pictures of the Year, Award of Excellence, Daily Life Single
2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography
2010 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant
2009 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship
2009 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography
2005 World Press Photo, 2nd Place, Daily Life Single
2005 Pictures of the Year, 1st Place, Feature Single, 2nd Place, Magazine Feature Story