A Dream Begun So Long Ago

by Jacqueline Annette Sue
Madera, California

© 2012 Jacqueline Annette Sue
120 pages

ISBN 978-0-9610264-3-1(hardcover)

Price $65.00



About the book --

David 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 Arts (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 images are considered fine art black and white photographs. Now in his late 80ís, Johnson is considered a pioneer as a photographer in the San Francisco Fillmore community. His name is etched in concrete at the Fillmore Plaza: David Johnson Photographer and Photo Journalist Studied with Ansel Adams


About the Author --

It is a privilege for me to assist my husband, David Johnson, with writing his memoir. I have known David and his family for fifty-plus years, but it is only through the discussions around this book that I have really come to appreci-ate the depth and artistry of this manís soul. The legacy of his black and white photography is just beginning to be appreciated. A Dream Begun So Long Ago is the story of a dream not deferred, but a dream achieved in spite of major challenges.

Jacqueline Annette Sue


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