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About the Collection

The Lynn Johnson digital collection features the work of photojournalist and Ohio University alumna Lynn Johnson. Images are selected from the physical collection of more than two million images spanning the 1970s to the early 2000s. The collection reflects Johnson’s global and wide-ranging photography from across her career. Through digitization of multiple formats, including negatives, slides, prints, and contact sheets, the digital collection supports research into film photography and the history of photojournalism and its editorial processes. 

Content includes images from her time with The Pittsburgh Press, freelance work with Black Star and Aurora photo agencies, assignments with publications such as LIFE, New York Times, Newsweek, Smithsonian, and Sports Illustrated, and her on-set and off-set photography with Fred Rogers of the children’s television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

 Visit the Lynn Johnson Collection portal to learn more about her work and how the Libraries preserves, digitizes, and teaches with the collection.

About Lynn Johnson

Lynn Johnson is a photojournalist and 2004 alumna & Knight Fellow of Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.

Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Johnson was the first woman staff photographer for The Pittsburgh Press where she worked for seven years before starting her freelance career in the early 1980s. 

Johnson is recognized for her compassionate images which often document difficult and sensitive subjects. Her photography has been published widely in magazines, newspapers, books, and exhibits. 

Future Additions

This collection will continue to grow on an ongoing basis. Check back for new additions.

Related Collections

The Lynn Johnson Collection is part of the Documentary Photography Archive housed in the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections. Related collections include the Peter Goss Photograph Collection, Lloyd E. Moore Photographic Materials, and Len Vaughn-Lahman Collection.

Access at Alden

The Lynn Johnson Collection is stored off-site. Schedule an appointment at least one week in advance to ensure that materials are available for viewing. Researchers may be asked to visit the Hwa-Wei Lee Library Annex Reading Room (205 Columbus Rd, Athens, OH 45701) instead of the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections (5th floor of Alden Library).  

Access Online

Browse and search the collection in CONTENTdm.

Collection Contact

Laura Smith, Photo Archivist, Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries.


See the Digital Archival Collections Materials Selection and Rights policy.

Rights Statement

In copyright. Lynn Johnson retains copyright for her photographs.

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