Nikki Johnson has exhibited portraits and documentary photography widely in the United States, Europe and Asia. She holds a MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology as well as a BFA from Mississippi University for Women.
Johnson was the first photographer ever admitted to Henry Street Settlement’s artist in residence program and was also an invited participant in “Fictive Days,” a Berlin art residency.
Her photographs in the show “Back to Haunt the Hell out of You” were described as “disturbing and moving” by New York Times Art in Review writer Holland Cotter. She is also currently half of the collaborative duo Death Under Glass, a project that reveals the artistic merits of images created by microscope during death investigation.
Her photographs have been published in Art in America, Hyperallergic Magazine, Hi Fructose Magazine, DIF,Time Out New York, HYCIDE.
Her published books include two monographs with Maekask Editions, Natural History (2010) and We Buy Gold (2013). Her 2019 collaboration with poet Melanie Maria Goodreaux “Black Jelly” was published in 2019 by Tribes Gallery’s Fly By Night Press. Her June 2021 solo exhibition at NYC’s Village Works Gallery currently has a best-selling exhibition catalog.
Her solo exhibition “UNSEEN” is currently on view until Winter 2023 at the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.