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 communication at Ohio University. In 2006, she based herself in New York City as a freelance photographer.
Krisanne Johnson has been working on long-term personal projects about young women and HIV/AIDS in Swaziland and post-apartheid South African youth culture since 2006.
Her work has been awarded by World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and the Best of Photojournalism. In 2009, she received the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography for her project “I Love You Real Fast”. In 2009 she received the W. Eugene Smith Fellowship for Humanistic Photography and in 2010 she won the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant.
Krisanne’s fashion work was also exhibited at the International Center of Photography’s group show “Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now” as part of their year-long fashion series.
In 2012, her series “I Love You Real Fast” has been displayed at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan with a solo exhibition.
Her work has appeared in The Fader, D2 (Norway), D la Repubblica delle Donne, L’espresso, Io Donna, US News & World Report, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among the others.