Acacia Johnson

Photographer

Acacia Johnson is a photographer, writer and artist from Alaska, focused on human relationships to the Earth's polar regions. She has been exploring anthropological themes in the Arctic and Antarctica since 2014, when a Fulbright grant to Canada enabled her to spend a winter documenting the Inuit’s evolving relationship with their environment on Baffin Island. Johnson’s work has been featured by numerous publications, including digital stories for National Geographic about the Inuit community on Baffin Island, snow algae and sea ice in polar environments, wildlife on Antarctica’s Deception Island caldera, and coastal brown bears of Alaska. Acacia has made over 55 expeditions to the polar regions—Greenland, Svalbard, the Canadian Arctic, and Antarctica—frequently lecturing on photography, Arctic indigenous culture, and visual representations of these unique regions. Most recently, Johnson returned to Baffin Island for two months in 2018 for her project Sea Ice Stories, published in the September 2019 issue of National Geographic. Johnson’s work is also housed in collections such as the Anchorage Museum and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.