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Acacia Johnson

Anchorage, Alaska

Acacia Johnson (b. 1990, Anchorage, Alaska) is an artist and photographer based in Alaska. Drawn to painterly light and otherworldly landscapes, her work has focused on the environment, conservation, and the connections between people and place. Johnson graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014 and spent the following winter in Arctic Canada on a Fulbright grant, where she developed a lasting interest in the Polar Regions. She has since made over 50 voyages to the Arctic and Antarctica as a photographer and expedition guide—an effort to inspire wonder and understanding for remote regions during a time of rapid change. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally and are held in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Anchorage Museum, among others. In 2020, she was featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Art and Style, and in 2021 received the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia, contributes regularly to National Geographic, and is the 2022 recipient of the ICP Infinity Awards for Documentary Practices & Photojournalism.

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