Chris Johnson

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Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson studied photography with Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and Wynn Bullock and has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation (w/Hank Willis Thomas); AICA Mellon Foundation Grant for Photography and Polaroid Foundation Artist Grants. His work is in the collection of Smithsonian Institution, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum, Center For Creative Photography. He is the producer and co-director of Question Bridge: Black Males, which premiered at Sundance and has shown at museums and festivals worldwide. Chris is author of The Practical Zone System: for Film and Digital Photography; currently in its 4th edition published by Focal Press in the West and Zhejiang Photographic Press in China..   From 1999 – 2005 he served as Chair of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission and from 1997 to 2000 he was Director of the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography. Chris Johnson is currently a tenured Professor of Photography at the California College of the Arts . He has also been Chair of the Board of the Oakland Art Gallery.As an active member of the art community in the San Francisco Bay Area, he served as President of San Francisco Camerawork Gallery from 1982 to 1987, and was a founding member and Vice-Chair of the City of Oakland Public Art Advisory Committee.  In 1990 he helped establish the House of Photography in Prague, Czechoslovakia.