Growing up the son of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s chief photographer, Frank Johnston likes to say he was weaned on photography. For 47 years, Johnston trained his lens on history-making stories that included the Oswald shooting, the war in Vietnam, the massacre of Jim Jones’ followers in Guyana, and the resignation of Richard Nixon. In 1982, Johnston was the first photographer to be awarded the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship for which he chronicled social and economic change across America. Johnston was named Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association in 1978, 1979 and 1985, and in 2007 received the WHNPA Lifetime Achievement Award.

This project was produced in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts from the School of Visual Communication in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University and is intended for educational use only.

Recorded, Edited and Produced by Louis Spirito

© 2010 Louis J. Spirito and Ohio University

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