Vanessa Isela Johnson (b. 1997, Aurora, Illinois) is a film and digital photographer based in Atlanta. She received her B.A. in journalism from Georgia State University. 

 Her work addresses childhood trauma and identity, spirituality, fear of the unknown  and the anxiety of living. 

exhibitions, publications and awards

Featured in

  • Print magazine. Issue 2- It's Pronounced Ad-Lan-Uh. Minor League, 2021
  • Online exhibition and print zine. Annus Horribilis, Float Magazine, 2021
  • Online exhibition. End of Year Show, Glasgow Gallery of Photography, 2020


  • Southeast Journalism Conference Best Press Photographer. 2018 and 2019. 
  • Associated Collegiate Press, 2018 Photo of the Year, Environmental Portrait, Honorable Mention
  • Associated Collegiate Press, 2018 Design of the Year, Illustration, 2nd Place
  • Georgia College Press Association,2019 Best News Photo, 2nd Place

work history

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