Stella Johnson, Photographer and Educator

Stella Johnson is a passionate and open-hearted photographer and educator – and this shines through her work. Her approach to photography is thoughtful and deliberate: Stella takes the time to not only get to know her subjects, but to also cultivate lifelong relationships with them – whether they are people or places.

Stella is widely recognized for her skill and unique vision, receiving a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to photograph in Mexico in 2003, and Fulbright Senior Specialist grants to teach in Mexico in 2006, and Colombia in 2018. The University of Maine Press published her monograph, Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua, in 2008, and her second monograph, Zoi, was published by Wild Greek Press. Her work has received numerous honours, including a New England Foundation for the Arts Cultural Collaborative Artist-in-Residence Grant and the Julia Margaret Cameron Award.

Stella holds teaching positions at Boston University and Lesley University College of Art and Design, and also leads workshops in locations all around the world, including Greece, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, and most recently, in Venice Beach, California.

Find out more about Stella’s photography and upcoming workshops on her on Instagram @stellajohnson or on her website Photograph used for Stella's interview is by ©Ramón Cruz.

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