Antonio M. Johnson is an author
and visual artist whose work focuses on concepts of home and healing. His
primary medium is photography and, in just a few short years behind the camera,
he has earned a reputation for capturing scenes that communicate the complex
beauty of urban spaces and everyday people.
Johnson was raised in West Philadelphia and educated at Morgan State University, a historically black college in Baltimore.
A self-taught photographer, his work is undeniably intimate, authentic, and without frills. He achieves that through the relationships he establishes with subjects, embedding himself in their worlds. Additionally, his work is informed by a long history of images capturing black life with influences ranging from the work of Gordon Parks, Jamel Shabazz, Jeffrey Henson Scales, and Andre Wagner.
Johnson has a steadfast desire to create images of otherwise hidden parts of society. Ultimately, by shining a light on spaces like barber shops, he hopes to create relationships between them and viewers, connections that might not exist otherwise.
Johnson has seen his photos exhibited at the Hamilton Landmark Gallery in Harlem, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.