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Stephen Johnson is a landscape photographer, designer and teacher. He has been photographing since 1973. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Life Magazine, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, and ABC Discovery News, among many others. His books include At Mono Lake, the award winning and critically acclaimed The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland, Making a Digital Book and the new Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography.
Internationally recognized as a digital photography pioneer, Johnson's photographs have been exhibited, published and collected in the United States, Europe, Mexico and Japan. His work is part of the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Oakland Museum and The Getty, the Packard Foundation, Apple Computer, Minolta Corporation and many others.
Photographic clients have included the Ansel Adams Publishing Trust, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Friends of Photography. Friends of Photography chose his work as their first digital image in their fine print collectors program in 1996.
In 1997, Life Magazine described Stephen Johnson as an artist that "...applies science to nature and creates art." His images create "...an intimacy that brings subject and viewer close in ways conventional photographs cannot."
In 1994 he embarked on an ambitious ten-year major new endeavor, With A New Eye, the ground breaking all digital photographic look at American national parks. In 2003 he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. Canon named him to their Explorers of Light program in 2006. His photography studio and gallery is located in Pacifica, California.
The Photographers Gallery wrote in 1998: Stephen Johnson's photography rides on the "bleeding edge" of photography's transition to a digital media. Schooled in the traditions of fine-art western landscape photography, Johnson has taken his understanding of traditional photographic processes and brought those skills to bear on the emerging technologies and aesthetics of digital photography. He has pushed technology companies to rise to the best of what image making can be, and pushed his own vision of how we see and record light in the natural world. This has led him to conclude that the way we have traditionally captured images with silver-based photography has been a poor and distortive view of the real and rich world before our eyes. His photographs look almost "unphotographic" in their clarity and purity of color. He shows us a world we know, but rarely see on paper. His is a truly remarkable vision.