artist

Frances Benjamin Johnston

    7 
    Favorite
    Share

Frances Benjamin Johnston was a pioneering American photographer, and advocate for women’s role in the developing field of photography.

Johnston was an enthusiastic student of photography before opening her own studio in Washington in 1894. Her wealthy family’s connections allowed her access to certain circles and she was able to photograph many of her famous contemporaries, including Mark Twain and Susan B. Anthony. She also experimented with documentary and artistic styles in her 30s, a period in which she travelled extensively.

Later in her career, Johnston focused on photographing architecture, particularly of the American South, motivated by a desire to record ordinary buildings, structures and gardens—that were often falling into disrepair—for posterity. Her photographs of American architecture remain an important resource for historians today.

Read more

Editorial (1)

See all
A $100 Million Lawsuit Against NYC Museums, & More
A $100 Million Lawsuit Against NYC Museums, & More

Each week, we scour the internet for the most significant, surprising, and outrageous art news—helping you stay informed (an…

Playlists (3)

See all
11
“With a Little Help From My Friends”
12
The New Woman: Frances Benjamin Johnston

Related artists

See all
Keri Bevan
Keri Bevan
British, unknown–present
Esther Bubley
Esther Bubley
American, 1921–1998
Gertrude Käsebier
Gertrude Käsebier
American, 1852–1934

Works (31)

Date updatedTime periodName