Photographer David Johnson Speaks at Marin City Library

David Johnson. Photo by Ceemarie.

Friends of the Marin City Library will present an evening with photographer David Johnson in honor of Black History Month and the Marin City Library’s 15th Anniversary.
“Positive Negatives,” a documentary chronicling Johnson’s life, will be screened, and a discussion with the artist will follow.
Johnson was the first African American student of the pioneering photographer Ansel Adams at the California School of Fine Arts in the 1940s. He went on to document 60 years of African American life in the Bay Area.
His work has been featured in several publications, including “Harlem of the West” and KQED’s documentary on the Fillmore District.
Johnson photographed the social problems that affected the Fillmore District in San Francisco. When he became a staff reporter at the “Sun Reporter,” a local San Francisco newspaper, he explored documentary photography and addressed the issue of “slum housing” in the Fillmore and city politics with his reporting and photographs.
Johnson photographed “ordinary African Americans” who went about their lives. In addition, he photographed  musical greats, like Nat “King” Cole, Eartha Kitt, and the jazz musicians who performed in nightclubs such as the Primalon Ballroom and the Booker T. Washington Cocktail Lounge in the 40s and 50s.
He also photographed Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph, W. E.B. Du Bois, Aaron Thibadeaux “T-Bone” Walker, Langston Hughes and Jackie Robinson.
The free event will take place at the Marin City Library at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13.  Refreshments will be served.
A collection of David’s Johnson’s work is on display all this month at the Marin City Library.
For more information call (415) 332-0374.

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