The Photography of Frances Benjamin Johnston

Frances Benjamin Johnston's Self-Portrait (as "New Woman"), 1896. Public domain

Fannie Johnston is tied to SO MANY people and events that we have talked about on the show before. She’s like a history nexus point. And she was able to make a very nice living for herself as a photographer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Holly's Research:

  • Bassnett, Sarah. “From Public Relations to Art: Exhibiting Frances Benjamin Johnston's Hampton Institute Photographs.” History of Photography. Volume 32, Number 2. Summer 2008.
  • Ausherman, Maria Elizabeth. “The Photographic Legacy of Frances Benjamin Johnston.” University Press of Florida. 2009.
  • “Frances Benjamin Johnston - Biographical Overview and Chronology.” Library of Congress.
  • “Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South.” Library of Congress.
  • “Guide to the Mattie E. Hewitt & Richard A. Smith Photograph Collection
  • 1919-1961” New York Historical Society Museum and Library. 2011.
  • “Professional Photography as a Career for Women.” The Photo-beacon. Volume 10. 1898. Accessed online:
  • Johnston, Frances B. “What a Woman Can Do With a Camera.” Ladies’ Home Journal. September 1897. Accessed online:
  • Binkovitz, Leah. “Frances Benjamin Johnston’s Garden Legacy: New Finds from the Archives.” August 7, 2012.
  • Olsen, Victoria. “Victorian Womanhood, in All Its Guises.” Smithsonian. May 2010.
  • Berch, Bettina. “The Woman Behind the Lens: The Life and Work of Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1864–1952.” University of Virginia Press. 2000.

Topics in this Podcast: photographers, U.S. history, photography, biographies, women, art history, art, 20th century, 19th century, LGBTQIA history