Robert S Johnson was born and raised on the grounds of the Boston State Hospital which was founded in 1839 under the name “Boston Lunatic Hospital”. The first image he remembers taking was of a bear climbing on the family car in Yellowstone Park. The adults froze but he grabbed his mom’s camera and shot away.


After five careers, ranging from Artistic Director of THECO, a theater company, to Regional Vice President of a for-profit, after-school education company, he turned to photography full time in 2008.


He teaches at the School of the New York Times Summer Academy, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and tutors many private clients. His work is frequently featured in the Provincetown Independent.
Clients include: The Customs House, Wellfleet MA; The New School; The International Center of Photography;  Gender Conference NYC 2019; PFLAGNYC; New Circle Theater Company; Word Hermit Press; Chef’s Collaborative; and Audition Savvy;


He lives in New York City and Wellfleet MA with his wife, Katherine, and their son, Asher, a 2018 graduate of Smith College. He is allergic to their two rescue cats, Opawl and Benny, but loves them none-the-less.