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  A Conversation With... James Corwin Johnson

James Corwin Johnson, Director of Photography,
Yosemite National Park

About James Corwin Johnson

James Corwin Johnson's career has spanned the gamut of photographic specialties and taken him to Canada, Mexico and Europe. His work has appeared in Eastman Kodak, Paramount Pictures, Textbook and other consumer and industrial publications. In addition to owning his own photography firm where he concentrated on commercial, industrial and portrait photography. James worked as the Director of Photography for Yosemite National Park for more than 12 years. During that time he specialized in teaching students how to appreciate and photograph the natural wonders and wildlife of Yosemite. This led to his establishment of the now famous "Camera Walks". He ran the photography studio and lab at the park, lectured at Workshops held in conjunction with the Ansel Adams Gallery and published the Yosemite Photographer's Guide; Official Camera Walk Handbook.

James Corwin Johnson has specialized in professional photography for over 35 years. He is a graduate of the Glen Fishback School of Photography. Glen was a contemporary of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston and is best known for simplifying the Ansel Adams Zone System.

James also worked as the Director of Photography for the Disney Cruise Lines and was responsible for the inauguration and development of the guidelines for their photographic endeavors. He was on the Board of Directors for Disney's Celebration unit. Among his other accomplishments are: Director of Photographic Services, for Harrah's Lake Tahoe; Chief Photographer for Club Med Mexico; and he produced photographic output for the Walt Disney Company, Eastman Kodak, and Paramount.

James has spent most of his photographic career teaching students how to improve their skills. As Director of Education at Johnson Photo Imaging for over six years, he instituted The Safari Club and Safari Education. James still conducts classes and tours for his own company Adventures in Imaging. James Corwin Johnson conducts workshops that include Field Trips to various locations including: Yosemite, Kenya, New Mexico, Busch Gardens, Florida Wildlife and Bird and Boat Birding Adventures and Eco Tours, St Augustine, and Maine Fall Colors.

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