Have you ever heard of Frances Benjamin Johnston?
Well, neither have I until today.
Here is what the Library of Congress has to say about Frances:
“Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) was one of the first American women to achieve prominence as a photographer. Trained at the Académie Julian in Paris, she studied photography upon her return to Washington, D.C., in the mid-1880s and opened a professional studio circa 1890. Her family’s social position gave Johnston access to the First Family and leading Washington political figures and launched her career as a photojournalist and portrait photographer. Johnston turned to garden and estate photography in 1910s.” You can read more about her HERE.
The picture above was taken in 1896. Frances is seated in front of the fireplace of her studio.
Frances took many self portraits.
I am really not sure what to make of this.
Frances took these two photos of Susan B. Anthony. If you do not know who Susan B. Anthony I would suggest that you look it up.
Frances took many pictures of white house officials. Above is President William McKinley.
It just so happens that Frances took this last photo of President McKinley. It was taken on November 5, 1901. Days later McKinley was assassinated.
Frances also took this photo of Postmaster General Don Dickson.
Frances took photos of many notables. Above is George Washington Carver.
The cabinet room in the White House. August 12, 1898
Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864 – 1952)
An American photographer