Krisanne Johnson grew up in Xenia, Ohio. She graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and pursued postgraduate work in visual communication at Ohio University. In 2006, she based herself in New York City as a freelance photographer. She been working on long-term personal projects about young women and HIV/AIDS in Swaziland and post-apartheid South African youth culture.
Johnson’s work has been awarded by World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and the Best of Photojournalism. In 2009, she received the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography for her project “I Love You Real Fast.”
In 2011 she received the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography.
Johnson’s fashion work was also exhibited at the International Center of Photography’s group show “Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now” as part of their year-long fashion series.
Johnson’s work has appeared in “The Fader,” “D2” (Norway), “D la Repubblica delle Donne,” “L’espresso,” “Io Donna,” “US News & World Report,” “TIME,” “The Wall Street Journal,” and “The New York Times,” among the others.