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Frances Benjamin "Fannie" Johnston
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1864
Taylor County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 1952
New Orleans
Orleans Parish
Louisiana, USA

She was a pioneering photojournalist and documentary photographer. In 1895 Johnston opened her own photography studio. Among her notable subjects were Susan B. Anthony, Alice Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, Joel Chandler Harris, and Isadora Duncan.

She became the official White House photographer for the administrations of Presidents Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft.

One of her most famous photographs is that of President McKinley, taken shorlty before he was shot in Buffalo.

Johnston also took a number of photographs of nude females. She also created images of sailors dancing together.

Also, she moved into the field of social photography, where she became noted as an important photodocumentarian for her images of students in Washington schools, at the Hampton Institute in Virginia and the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama--both founded to educate newly freed slaves--and the Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

She always respected her subjects equally, presenting black students in a carpentry class with as much dignity as Presidents and debutantes.

At the Paris Exposition of 1900, she curated an exhibition of photographs by twenty-eight women photographers. Also, she was responsible for technical innovations.

She retired in New Orleans. Her estate donated photographs to the Library of Congress.
She had a great three-page story with pictures in the May 2010 Smithsonian magazine.

See also the book: The Woman Behind The Lens, by Bettina Berch, 2000, 171 pages.

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  Frances Antoinette Benjamin Johnston (1837 - 1920)
  Anderson Doniphan Johnston (1828 - 1906)
  Mattie Edwards Hewitt (____ - 1956)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: She was cremated and her ashes scattered over the family plot.
Rock Creek Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Maintained by: N. Dale Talkington
Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
Record added: Mar 13, 2006
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Frances Benjamin Fannie Johnston
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