“Safari Travelogue Speaker Series 2014″


Our Thursday, July 10th Speaker is Tim Cunningham who will regale us with his travels through Turkey! Admission is free and doors open at 6:45. Program will start at 7pm in the Johnson Gallery on the second floor and light refreshments will be served!



New Johnson Biography

Across the World with the Johnsons: Visual Culture and American Empire in the Twentieth Century
Prue Ahrens, Lamont Lindstrom and Fiona Paisley
Ashgate, November 2013.


During the interwar period Osa and Martin Johnson became famous for their films that brought exotic and far-off locations to the American cinema. Before the advent of mass tourism and television, their films played a major part in providing the means by which large audiences in the US and beyond became familiar with distant and ‘wild’ places across the world. Taking the celebrity of the Johnsons as its case study, this book investigates the influence of these new forms of visual culture, showing how they created their own version of America’s imperial drama. By representing themselves as benevolent figures engaged in preserving on film the world’s last wild places and peoples, the Johnsons’ films educated U.S. audiences about their apparent destiny to rule, contributing significantly to the popularity of empire.

Bringing together research in the fields of film and politics – including gender and empire, historical anthropology, photography and visual studies – this book provides a comprehensive evaluation of the Johnsons, their work and its impact. It considers the Johnsons as a celebrity duo, their status as national icons, how they promoted themselves and their expeditions, and how their careers informed American expansionism, thus providing the first scholarly investigation of this remarkable couple and their extensive output over nearly three decades and across several continents.