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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cuba, Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Monster Vision Plus Massive Action Equals Mega Success.

Birthplace

Born:
11/21/1956
Birth Location:
Hayti, Missouri

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cuba, Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Monster Vision Plus Massive Action Equals Mega Success.

Birthplace

Born:
11/21/1956
Birth Location:
Hayti
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Biography

Born November 21, 1956, in Hayti, Missouri, photographer Jason Miccolo Johnson is one of five children. Johnson received most of his education in Memphis, Tennessee. He started his college education at Memphis State University before relocating to Washington, D.C., to attend Howard University. Johnson graduated from Howard in 1994.

Largely self-taught, Johnson served in the U.S. Navy as a photographer. He went on from 1981 to 1982 to work for ABC News as a production assistant. Then, in 1985, Johnson joined USA Today as the photography lab director, a position he held until 1989. In May 1989, Johnson decided to enter the world of freelance, doing portrait photographs of leaders such as Thurgood Marshall and Nelson Mandela. He also developed a healthy stable of Fortune 500 clients such as McDonald's and Anheuser-Busch. Johnson was also chosen as one of the photographers for both of President Bill Clinton's inaugurations, as well as for the Million Man March.

Johnson is active with the American Society of Media Photographers and works with Beacon House, a neighborhood organization that supports at-risk youth in Washington, D.C. He also lectures on photography at conferences and universities throughout the United States.

Johnson's work has appeared in Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur, Glamour, Newsweek, Essence, Ebony and Time. His work can also be seen on permanent display in the St. Louis Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, as well as in numerous exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. Johnson has published more than fifteen books. His latest is entitled, Soul Sanctuary: Images of the African American Worship Experience. Johnson resides in Washington, D.C.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jason Miccolo Johnson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jason Miccolo Johnson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jason Miccolo Johnson talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jason Miccolo Johnson talks about his parents and lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes his father, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes his father, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jason Miccolo Johnson talks about the history and segregation of his hometown, Hayti, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Hayti, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in Hayti, Missouri, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jason Miccolo Johnson remembers learning about the animals and nature, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jason Miccolo Johnson remembers learning about the animals and nature, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jason Miccolo Johnson explains how his observations as a child led to his artistic outlook as an adult
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes a hog killing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jason Miccolo Johnson talks about his experience at Hayti Negro School in Hayti, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes his experience attending an integrated white school in Hayti, Missouri in 1965 for a day
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jason Miccolo Johnson recalls excelling at school during his elementary years despite the lack of resources his school had compared to white ones
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jason Miccolo Johnson recounts his father's death in 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes the changes he encountered living with his grandmother in Memphis, Tennessee after his father's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jason Miccolo Johnson remembers his grandmother and his experiences living with her in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes being influenced by the protests and the music of the Civil Rights era
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jason Miccolo Johnson recalls pivotal events from his school years, including Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination and his grandmother's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jason Miccolo Johnson remembers getting his first camera and developing his interest in photography
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jason Miccolo Johnson talks about playing baseball
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes his adjustment to school in Memphis, Tennessee from Hayti, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jason Miccolo Johnson lists his teachers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jason Miccolo Johnson talks about photographs for the school newspaper and yearbook
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes his experience in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jason Miccolo Johnson talks about becoming a photographer for the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes highlights of his career as a U.S. Navy photographer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jason Miccolo Johnson talks about reconnecting with a childhood friend during boot camp
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes his early experiences with journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jason Miccolo Johnson discusses how he was ousted after becoming editor for the Black Student Association newspaper
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jason Miccolo Johnson explains his decision to attend Howard University, Washington, D.C. in 1980
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jason Miccolo Johnson recalls meeting Ernest Withers and A. Cantrell
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jason Miccolo Johnson discusses Mr. Cantrell's body of work and its need for preservation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jason Miccolo Johnson lists some of the prominent individuals he encountered at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - James Miccolo Johnson remembers a failed newspaper he started in 1983 and James Van Der Zee
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jason Miccolo Johnson recalls meeting P.H. Polk and HistoryMaker Gordon Parks
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jason Miccolo Johnson reflects upon important educational experiences that shaped him as a photographer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jason Miccolo Johnson explains the importance of timing in great photography
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jason Miccolo Johnson recalls some of his most memorable photographs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jason Miccolo Johnson talks about his preferred formats for photography
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes some of his photographs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jason Miccolo Johnson details his preferred camera equipment
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of the second session of Jason Miccolo Johnson's interview
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jason Miccolo Johnson talks about his experience as the photography lab director for USA Today during the late 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jason Miccolo Johnson recalls his most memorable freelance photography assignments
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jason Miccolo Johnson recounts difficult experiences as a photographer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jason Miccolo Johnson characterizes his work as well as a good photograph
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jason Miccolo Johnson reflects upon the current field for young black photographers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Jason Miccolo Johnson remembers photographing Thurgood Marshall and HistoryMaker Dorothy Height, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Jason Miccolo Johnson remembers photographing Thurgood Marshall and HistoryMaker Dorothy Height, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Jason Miccolo Johnson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Jason Miccolo Johnson talks about the balance of solitude and community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Jason Miccolo Johnson considers what he would do differently in his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Jason Miccolo Johnson lists his favorite photographers
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Jason Miccolo Johnson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Jason Miccolo Johnson narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Jason Miccolo Johnson narrates his photographs, pt. 2