Blogging from A to Z Challenge: J is for…Frances B. Johnston (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Frances B. Johnston (1864-1952) was an American photographer and photojournalist, known for portraits of African Americans and Native Americans, but also for her photographs of significant events, and architecture of the American south.

“Frances Benjamin Johnston was described by The Washington Times as “the only lady in the business of photography in the city.” Considered to be one of the first female press photographers in the United States, she took pictures of news events and architecture and made portraits of political and social leaders for over five decades.” (

Her portraits are quite formal, and I found myself must more interested in her architectural, artistic, and photojournalistic work, as it, for me, embodies what photography is by nature – a snapshot of the times.  For example,

Salon jury, Philadelphia (public domain)

Michie’s Old Tavern (public domain)

Frances Benjamin Johnston (public domain)


Frances B. Johnston at Wikipedia

Frances B. Johnston at the MoMA

Frances B. Johnston at the Library of Congress

Victorian Womanhood, in All Its Guises

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter J.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Posted on April 11, 2020, in A to Z Challenge, photography, Photos I took, Writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I’m impressed… I’d’ve thought you’d have trouble with one of the letters by now…

  2. I had seen some of her work in the past, but did not know anything about her. Fascinating … thank you!

  3. Did not know about this photographer- thanks ! Have a lovely day- see you tomorrow!

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