Whitney Johnson is the deputy director of photography at National Geographic. Prior to joining the magazine, she was the director of photography at The New Yorker. She’s been a champion of documentary photographers since she began her career at the Open Society Foundations, nearly 15 years ago.
The New Europeans
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
These portraits illustrate Europe’s long and complex history of immigration. Algerians came to France while their homeland was a French colony, surging in the 1954-1962 war of independence. Since the 1990s, some 40,000 Somalis fleeing civil war have settled in Sweden. Indians are among the three million South Asians who’ve come to Britain from former British colonies. About as many Turks live in Germany. They came as guest workers in the 1960s and ’70s—but stayed and had families.
A Conversation on Widowhood
In many regions of the world widowhood marks a “social death” for a woman – casting her and her children out to the margins of society. Photojournalist Amy Toensing and National Geographic’s Deputy Director of Photography, Whitney Johnson, discuss the project, A Life After Loss, that looks at the status of widows In Uganda, Bosnia, and India.