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.
Her projects have been exhibited worldwide and among many awards, she received two Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography, the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and its fellowship and a prize at the World Press Photo.
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