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Frances Benjamin Johnston (January 15th, 1864 - May 16th, 1952) was an early American photographer and photojournalist. Her career lasted nearly a century and within that time she became known for her portraits, photos of southern architecture and photo series featuring African Americans and Native Americans. She was given her first camera by George Eastman, a close friend of her family and inventor of the Eastman Kodak camera. She received her training in photography from Thomas Smillie, the director of photography at the Smithsonian. She took portraits of people in her every day life and would eventually go on to do freelance work in Europe int he 1890s. She would later go on to take portraits of Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain, and Booker T. Washington.


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