Carousel/Father & Daughter, 1950 by David Johnson
My buddy Michael Johnson sent me a note last week:
“My dad’s photography work is up at SFO’s international terminal.”
Boy is it!
Not sure why I didn’t know this before, but Michael’s dad is David Johnson. And David Johnson “was the first African American student of Ansel Adams. In Adams’ school, 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.”
Couple Dancing, SF c.1952; David Johnson
An exhibition of Johnson’s work “San Francisco’s Fillmore District 1940s -1960s” is at San Francisco International Airport, in Terminal 1, B3-Gate 36 through the end of January.
Go see it.