The cyanotypes of Frances Benjamin Johnston, a pioneer of photojournalism

2016-01-15 // photography

A selection of cyanotypes by Frances Benjamin Johnston, one of the first American women to become a photographer and a photojournalist. Born on 15 January 1864 and died on 16 May 1952, she created photo essays in Europe in the 1890s and opened her own studio in Washington in 1894, where she was at the time the only woman photographer in the city. She also worked to promote gender equality throughout the United States, focusing particularly on the role of women in the society and education. The Library of Congress has a large collection of photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston, including the cyanotypes presented here.

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Reproduction of a business card – Washington, D.C. studio, 1896
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Frances Benjamin Johnston in her studio – Washington, D.C. studio, 1896
Images © Frances Benjamin Johnston (Library of Congress) / source

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