Poster for Lynn Johnson Collection

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Pain, Death and Healing photo exhibit on display in Alden Library

An exhibit of renowned photojournalist Lynn Johnson's work is on display on the fourth floor of Alden Library.

Lynn Johnson (MA '01) is a former Knight Fellow in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University who has spent years observing, photographing and sharing the human condition.

A portion of her work focuses on the most difficult aspects of life — sickness, hurt and dying. The exhibit, "Pain, Death and Healing," provides viewers with the opportunity to look into these emotions and experiences and to see the humanity and the life lived through them.

"What I was looking for was work that [Lynn] has done in the U.S. over the years that dealt with pain, suffering and health issues," said Stan Alost curator of the exhibit and associate director of the School of Visual Communication.

"OHIO is an interesting educational venue in that we have medicine health professions dealing with pain as well as communications and photojournalism that are choosing to focus on pain as well," said Alost. 

"The Lynn Johnson Collection is so rich, and the images contained in it are so moving," said Sara Harrington, head of arts and archives. "I hope that members of the OHIO community will visit the show, students especially, and that the Libraries will be able to open conversations with a range of disciplines about how the collection might be used by students and in the classroom."

The images included in the exhibit are part of a large body of work donated by Lynn to Ohio University Libraries that spans over 30 years and counting. Johnson's work has appeared in "LIFE," "Newsweek," "GEO," "Sports Illustrated" and "National Geographic" magazines along with others. Her photography has won awards
from World Press and Pictures of the Year International (POYi). She is also a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Coverage of the Disadvantaged.

"Lynn is not only an incredible photographer but [she] is using her talent to help others understand very hard to look at situations," said Alost.

The exhibition will run through December.