Jeffery C. Johnson: Candid

Art Institute of Chicago, 2013

Art Institute of Chicago, 2013

What People Say About Jeffery's Work:

Jeffery C. Johnson: a bio

Photographer Jeffery C. Johnson is a self-taught 3rd generation professional chicago photographer whose work has been prominently featured on the WGN-TV News, ABC-TV's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, BBC, CNN, Chicago Reader, Chicagoist, Gapers Block, and at Chicago Public

As a photographer, Jeffery accompanied the Scottish pop band Aberfeldy to the Lang Spoon Music Festival in Glenrothes, Scotland in 2007. Captured the scene at the Capitol building in Springfield in 2007 when Illinois Sen. Barack Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States as well as the subsequent Obama Election Day Victory Rally in Grant Park in 2008. Exclusively followed the Four Star Anarchist Organization during the Anti-NATO protests in Chicago in 2012. And was the only photographer allowed to capture all of the behind-the-scenes action of Fox-TV's "Mob Doctor" in the Chicago area in 2012.

More recently, Jeffery has worked for Chicago advertising giant VSA Partners and contributed photography to the ground-breaking project "1927: Diary of Myles Thomas" at

Jeffery has also been a contributing essayist on the Web concerning photography at Out of Chicago Photography and on his blog Optic Nerve.

Jeffery has published three books of his photography, the latest being a collection of spontaneous portraits entitled We Shared the Time (2019) which is available at Blurb, another a photo essay taken on the closing night at the legendary Flame Steakhouse is entitled, The Last New Year (2012) ("A nostalgic farewell to an icon in Chicagoland for over five decades"- Suburban Life Newspapers) available at iTunes and Blurb. And a volume of his photo work of Chicago entitled Portfolio: Chicago (2011) ("Jeffery C. Johnson captures evocative images of the city"- Suburban Life Newspapers), which was recently featured during the On the Same Page, Chicago month hosted by the Brookfield, IL. library, and it is available at Amazon and Blurb.

Jeffery has also published a book of the photojournalistic work of his grandfather Elmer C. Johnson entitled Scoop: Chasing Chicago for the Front Page (2011), available at iTunesAmazon, and Blurb as well as an upcoming book of the photojournalism work of his father Denny C. Johnson entitled Shot: A Frame Full of Stories  which is due to be released in 2016 and available at

Jeffery has exhibited his work at solo and group shows throughout Chicago and the suburbs and has sold his photographs at assorted stores in Chicagoland including the Chicago Cultural Center in the Loop and 57th st. Books in Hyde Park.

His diverse client list includes, Le Mosaiste out of West Hollywood, Ca, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro out of Chicago and Istvan and His Imaginary Band out of Berwyn...among many others. Jeffery attended the Edinburgh college of art and the school of the art institute of Chicago and his photography is a part of many private collections.

You can see Jeffery's published work and press concerning his work in separate galleries below. Currently, Jeffery is applying the finishing touches on the book about his fathers expansive work as a photojournalist.

Jeffery C. Johnson resides in Chicagoland.


VSA Partners, Chicago / UIC School of Art, Chicago / Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago / Le Mosaiste, West Hollywood, CA. / Illinois State Bar Association / Chicago Battered Women's Network / Burnham Park Yacht Club, Chicago /   The Flame Restaurant, Countryside, IL. / Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, Chicago / We're Nuts, La Grange, IL. / Fill-Up Station Bar, Berwyn, IL. /  St. Charles Place Restaurant, St. Charles, IL. /  Cy's Steakhouse, Chicago / Joe’s Saloon, Brookfield, IL. / Ryans Public House, Brookfield, IL. / John B. Schwartz, Attorney at Law, Chicago / Betty Jo Finazzo, Baird Warner Realty, Naperville, IL. / Ray Noland, Artist, Chicago / Larry Sturm, Music Producer, Chicago / Istvan & His Imaginary Band / The Gina Knight Orchestra


2012 -2010 “Chicago Nocturne” solo exhibition, The Flame Steakhouse, Countryside, IL. 2011

“One Day Art Show” group exhibition, The Peace Center, Berwyn, IL. 2010

“Bridges of Chicago” group exhibition, Bridgeview Bank, Lincoln Park, Chicago 2008 “

Johnson 3: Three Generations of Chicago Photographers” solo exhibition, Ferguson Gallery, Concordia University, River Forest, IL. 2008-2005

“Between the Lines” solo exhibition, Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Bistro,

Chicago Retail Locations that have sold my work: Posters Plus, Michigan Ave., Chicago 57th St. Books, Hyde Park, Chicago Illinois Artisans Shop, Thompson Center, Chicago Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Fly-Right Gifts, Berwyn, IL.