Natalie Davis Miller | July 7, 2020
Barbara Johnston is a visual storyteller — capturing people, moments and daily experiences on Notre Dame's campus. Johnston has been a University photographer for nine years, moving from Philadelphia where she spent 20 years with the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her award-winning career has spanned from being a stringer to covering the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. She’s photographed professional athletes, several presidents and has gotten up close with butterflies. We caught up with Johnston, pulling her from behind the camera to tell us her story.
NDW: What is the best part of your job at Notre Dame?
BJ: I think the variety of assignments. And the privilege of interfacing with everybody on campus, from the president to faculty, staff and students. And there has been the opportunity to travel abroad. Those experiences have been enriching and life-changing. I've been to some incredible places around the world. I really enjoyed a story we did in Ghana where I shot photos of female cocoa farmers for the Keough School of Global Affairs.
NDW: What was one of your favorite assignments and why?
BJ: My favorite assignment was the winter Olympics in Torino, Italy in 2006. It was my favorite assignment for different reasons, but what I enjoyed the most was being able to meet so many different photographers whose bylines I recognized from all the major news outlets that we’re all familiar with. The top tier photographers are typically assigned to the Olympics. So, I got to meet all these photographers whose work I had admired for years, and I got to know them on a personal level.
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