Christopher Johnson, the Courier Student Newspaper’s staff photographer for the 2011-2012 school year, passed away on Aug. 15, 2013. He born Aug. 19, 1987 and grew up in Berwyn, Illinois with his older siblings Cori and Brian. He was studying at the Art Institutes of Chicago and was the photographer for their monthly F-News Magazine.
“Chris Johnson was a kind, talented and creative photographer,” commented Terry Vitacco, a photography professor that taught Johnson when he attended COD.
“Those who were lucky enough to know him appreciated his quick wit, extreme sensitivity to his subjects, and his strong work ethic. Chris was a pleasure to have in class. He had a great ability to capture people honestly and authentically in his work.”
An example of this was in his multimedia story, “That’s Ethan”, that was chosen among all that were submitted as the featured video at the 2011 Opening Reception of our annual Easter Seals exhibition.
Friends and family of Johnson agree he was never seen without a camera.