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Richard Johnson

Richard graduated in illustration and design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee Scotland in 1990. He has spent the best part of the last two decades working in newspapers as an illustrator and graphic artist.

His first piece of field reportage was with the Detroit Free Press in 2003 when he accompanied a USMC regiment during the invasion of Iraq. Since then he has used the same sketch and written format, working in locations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. R.C., Zimbabwe, Kenya, C.A.R. and Afghanistan. Richard is always on the lookout for opportunities to use the medium to draw peoples attention to subjects they might otherwise ignore.

Richard first cut his teeth as a media embedded artist in 2003 with the U.S. Marine Corps during the invasion of Iraq, and is now nearing the end of his current trip to Afghanistan. He is currently stationed at Camp Morehead somewhere south of Kabul.

Richard works from life in every possible instance unless he can’t do so due to circumstances beyond his control. ‘Sometimes things just don’t stand still in a war zone’. In that instance, he works from photographs he has taken or from memory, and always within 24 hours of an event having happened. After 24 hours his connection to the event seems to slip and he starts to lose the detail. Richard never works from anyone else’s photography. Being there and seeing it for himself, he says, is the whole point.
    "Johnson draws in the field, sparking an immediacy and freshness that traditional war illustrations lack . . .
    he never goes back to it, or fill it in, and do the ‘prettying up’ that other artists do . . . he captures the
    everyday reality of life on the ground through this more raw artistic approach".

    Jennifer Locke Jones
    Curator, The Smithsonian Museum of Armed Forces History
Website:
National Post Kandahar Journal
An illustrated guide to a war journalists kit
http://afghanistan.nationalpost.com/

 
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