Chris Johnson is a photographic and video artist, curator, and writer.
His photographic artwork has been exhibited in museum shows including the Smithsonian Museum and the Oakland Museum of California
In 1994 he co-produced a large performance work in Oakland titled “The Roof is on Fire” bringing together inner-city high school students and adults. In 1996 he produced an innovative one-hour video piece titled “Question Bridge” that investigates class issues within the black community.
The current version of this project: Question Bridge: Black Males was produced with Hank Willis Thomas and appeared simultaneously at the Brooklyn and Oakland Museums and also opened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. It has since been exhibited in more than 30 museums and community arts venues including Project Row House in Houston and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
In 2015 Chris Johnson was Lead Artist for the Oakland Museum of California’s exhibition titled “Who is Oakland”.
Chris Johnson is currently a full Professor of Photography at the California College of the Arts where for ten years he served as President of the Faculty Senate.
Johnson studied photography with Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Wynn Bullock; and has received the AICA Mellon Foundation Grant for Photography and three Polaroid Foundation Artist Grants.