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-1880's and
opened a professional studio circa 1890.
the photographs from Johnston's early career are her coverage of
American world's fairs; coal mining; the White House; openings of
Congress; Admiral Dewey; and Progressive era educational efforts,
including a survey of Washington, D.C. schools and such minority
educational institutions as the Hampton Institute and the Tuskegee
a few of her photographs of Western High School that are contained in the
Library of Congress.