The Riverdale mobile home park used to sit on the banks of the Susquehanna River in north-central Pennsylvania. It housed working families with modest incomes. Earlier this year, all the Riverdale trailer families were evicted to make room for a pump station and pipeline that would move Susquehanna water to fracking sites elsewhere in the state.

Some from Riverdale went willingly. Some did not. Some stayed to fight the evictions. Everyone shared in the hardships. The disruption unsettled families and undermined their support networks as they wondered what to do and where to go.

BURN host Alex Chadwick visits the stories of Riverdale with free lance photographer and Pennsylvania resident Lynn Johnson, who works on assignment for National Geographic.

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Photojournalist Lynn Johnson is known for her intense, sensitive work.

Photojournalist Lynn Johnson

Photojournalist Lynn Johnson is known for her intense and sensitive work, photographing the global human condition for the past 35 years. As a regular contributor to publications such as National Geographic and various foundations, Johnson has documented everything from celebrities and tragedies, bringing a subtle perspective to tough issues—the scourge of landmines, the value of threatened languages, living with HIV and the global danger of zoonotic disease.

Her photographs, created with fairness and compassion are an attempt to honor and share the stories of others. After 30 years in her profession, she now sees her perspective moving from that of observer to advocate. Johnson uses her role as photographer and teacher to promote dialogue and encourage a change in attitudes and perceptions of intolerance and prejudice. Her Master’s thesis as a Knight Fellow at Ohio University, Hate Kills, illuminates the impact of hate crimes on American society.

She is also a frequent educator with National Geographic’s Photo Camps, using photography to help at-risk youth around the world to develop their own voices.

Awards for Lynn Johnson’s work

  • Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Coverage of the Disadvantaged
  • World Press Awards
  • Pictures of the Year Award – University of Missouri School of Journalism

Links to Lynn Johnson’s work