Stella Johnson is a photographer and educator known for her passionate and honest documentary projects. She received a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to photograph in Mexico in 2003, and a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to teach in Mexico in 2006.

Johnson also teaches at Boston University and workshops in Greece, Cuba, and Mexico. She was a 2013 finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, and a nominee for the Boston Foundation’s Brother Thomas Fellowship. Johnson’s work has received numerous honors including a New England Foundation for the Arts Cultural Collaborative Artist-in-Residence Grant and Julia Margaret Cameron Award.

Johnson holds a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and an MS in journalism from Boston University. Her work is held in public collections at The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Haggerty Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Portland Museum of Art, and The Southeast Museum of Photography, among others.


Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua, the University of Maine Press, 2008


Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

Girls’ Club gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA

Panopticon Gallery, Boston MA

Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA