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1963 David Johnson & The March on Washington


African-American photographer David Johnson studied with Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Minor White, Edward Weston, and Imogen Cunningham in the first classes at the School from 1946-1949.  David photographed the Summer 1963 March on Washington organized by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin where ML King delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech.”  Johnson’s 1963 M.O.W. photos are now in the Library of Congress.  And much of his work is in the Bancroft Library at the University of California. 

And a link to a video of David talking about his work at the Bancroft: link

And Mindy Steiner’s film about David: Positive Negatives: The Photography of David Johnson

And info about David from his 2008 exhibition at the Harvey Milk Center: Link


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.





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