Rashid Johnson


Rashid Johnson, Jonathan with Eyes Closed, 1999. Toned silver gelatin print; 21 ½ × 27 ½ in. (54.6 × 69.9 cm). Collection of Paul and Dedrea Gray, Chicago. Photo: Michael Tropea, Chicago.


The photographic work of Rashid Johnson incorporates a range of topics from the socio-political implications of homelessness to the African diaspora and the history of the antebellum South. Using chicken bones and black-eyed peas as well as various body parts—toes, elbows, feet—in abstract compositions, his photographs evoke travel and movement across time and history. Johnson uses the laborious 19-century Van Dyke printing process, reinforcing his continual interest in challenging the medium of photography.

Johnson is a graduate of the photography department of Columbia College, Chicago.


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Additional support for Rashid Johnson has been provided by Dedrea and Paul Gray.