Listen in as internationally recognized, award-winning National Geographic contributing photographer, Lynn Johnson and acclaimed photo editor Elizabeth Krist sit down for a discussion of the projects they have worked on together. Discover the stories behind the images and gain insights into the importance of the photographer and photo editor relationship in visual storytelling.
Lynn Johnson photographs the human condition. A regular contributor to National Geographic, she is known for finding beauty and meaning in elusive, difficult subjects—threatened languages, zoonotic disease, rape in the military ranks, the centrality of water in village life, mysteries of the brain. Hate Kills, her master’s thesis as a Knight Fellow at Ohio University, probed the impact of hate crimes. At National Geographic Photo Camps, she helps at-risk youth find their creative voices. And at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, she developed and teaches a program that challenges master’s students to push past their comfort levels in pursuit of their stories’ truth. She herself is committed to that search frame by frame. Johnson has worked for LIFE and Sports Illustrated and published 36 feature stories in National Geographic Magazine. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Award and Pulitzer finalist on two occasions.
A National Geographic photo editor for over 20 years, Elizabeth Krist is a founding member of the Visual Thinking Collective. She is on the boards of Women Photograph and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, helps program National Geographic’s Storytellers Summit, and advises the Eddie Adams Workshop. She is collaborating on “The Four Elements” exhibition this year for Photoville, and last year produced “A Mother’s Eye”. She also curated the “Women of Vision” exhibition and book. Krist teaches for ICP and La Luz. Honors include awards from POYi, Overseas Press Club, and Communication Arts. She has judged for the Lit List, The FENCE, POYi, Getty, Instagram, Ian Parry, and the RFK Journalism Awards.