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Lynn Johnson Collection

Considered the cornerstone of OHIO’s Documentary Photography Archive is the work of Lynn Johnson, renowned photojournalist, and alumna of Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication, who gifted her collection of approximately two million images to the university in 2011. Spanning from the early 1970s until the 2000s, the collection includes Johnson’s work with the Pittsburgh Press, Black Star and Aurora photo agencies, numerous publications including National Geographic, LIFE, and Sports Illustrated, and her on-set (and off-set) photography with Fred Rogers of the highly acclaimed children’s television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Although Johnson’s work is wide-ranging, she is known most specifically for her compassionate images that document people in extraordinary circumstances.

Peter Goss Photograph Collection

While a student at Ohio University from 1966-1970, alumnus Peter Goss (Ph.D ‘70, Comparative Arts) photographed numerous subjects on campus and in the surrounding area as part of his studies and his work as a freelancer for the Columbus Dispatch. His collection includes on campus photographs of demonstrations that were part of the nationwide Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, protests after the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State University, and events such as The Black Showcase, commencement, and football games. Goss’ off- campus photography documents vernacular architecture exemplified through brick structures, churches, barns, and bridges and local community gatherings at the Athens County Fair, auctions, and motorcycle races. After graduating, Goss went on to become a documentary photographer and a professor of architectural history at the University of Utah School of Architecture.

View the Peter Goss Photograph Collection in the Digital Archives or check out the online exhibit, “Framing Time: The Photographic Legacy of Peter Goss, 1966-1970.”

Lloyd E. Moore Photographic Materials

While Lloyd E. Moore (1931-2010) was practicing law in Ironton, Ohio for over three decades, he was also developing an interest--and honing his skills--in photography; the efforts of which were intended to help his clients by using photographs as evidence in court cases. However, Moore eventually expanded the purpose of his photography endeavors to include images depicting individuals as they lived and worked in Lawrence County, Ohio, and the surrounding Southeastern Ohio region. A selection of those photographs was published in Face to Face: The Photography of Lloyd Moore (2003). After he retired, Moore, and his wife, Marilyn, moved to Athens, Ohio, where Moore continued to take photographs, primarily of community events, local businesses, and his various explorations with nature.

The Moore collection spans from 1950 to 2003 and it contains slides, negatives, and prints which primarily document life and culture in Ironton and other parts of Southeastern Ohio. Also included are photographs from Moore’s time as a U. S. Marine during the Korean War and his various travels in Canada, Europe, and the United States. Select exhibition prints of Moore’s work are housed at OHIO’s Kennedy Museum of Art.

Len Vaughn-Lahman Collection

Len Vaughn-Lahman (1953-2009), a native Ohioan and Ohio University alum, was a photojournalist with the San Jose Mercury News for nearly three decades after being hired in 1981. His work documented issues of regional, national, and global significance, including the Rodney King trial riots in Los Angeles, immigration, and the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. In 1981, he won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for an essay published in the Escondido Times-Advocate which focused on Mexican immigrants who traveled across the desert for a better life in the United States. Not only does Vaughn-Lahman’s work document important social and political issues, but the collection serves as a study of the newsroom photo process of the 1980s and 1990s, and the transition to wide-scale digital photography during the early 2000s.