A Dream Begun So Long Ago

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Photographer David Johnson and author Jacqueline Sue come to the Main Library to talk about A Dream Begun So Long Ago, a newly published biography of Mr. Johnson and a collection of his photographs.

David Johnson was the first African American student of Ansel Adams. In his 1946 classes at the California School of Fine Art, (now the San Francisco Art Institute), Johnson was advised to photograph his own neighborhood and document the faces and places with which he was most familiar.  After graduating from CSFA, Mr. Johnson opened a studio on Fillmore Street from which he recorded the development of the neighborhood in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, including the Fillmore’s clubs and dance halls.  He also documented the civil rights movement in San Francisco, the NAACP registration drives, and the March on Washington.

A Dream Begun So Long Ago is the story of how this significant cultural photographer came into the apex of his career. Mr. Johnson will show slides of his black and white photographs, now considered fine art.  Now in his late 80’s Johnson is regarded a pioneer as a photographer in the San Francisco Fillmore community. 


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Bradley C. Walters Community Room
125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238-3134