Top: Book cover. Bottom: David Johnson and Jacqueline Annette Sue.
Jacqueline Sue will be reading and discussing her latest work, “A Dream Begun So Long Ago – The Story of David Johnson – Ansel Adams’ first African American Student),” at the Marin City Library.
This elegant book is a treasure trove of selections from photographer David Johnson’s most famous works and is also a fascinating read not only about Johnson’s life, but also about the history of the San Francisco Fillmore District’s Jazz Era.
Johnson, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, was the first African American student of Ansel Adams in his 1946 classes at the California School of Fine Art. At the school, now the San Francisco Art Institute, Johnson was advised to photograph his own neighborhood and document the faces and places with which he was most familiar.
He subsequently became an important chronicler of Black life in San Francisco in the middle part of the 20th century. “A Dream Begun So Long Ago” is the story of how one of the most significant cultural photographers came into the apex of his career.
Johnson’s work is now considered fine art black and white photography. Now in his late eighties, he is heralded as a pioneer photographer of the San Francisco Fillmore community. His name is inscribed on the sidewalk at the Gene Suttle Plaza.
Jacqueline Annette Sue, a Greenbrae resident, has been writing since 1984 and has published five titles. The Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Library selected her as the 2010 Literary Laureate.
Both author and photographer will appear at the Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St. in Marin City on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.
For information call (415) 332-6159.