Acacia Johnsonis a photographer from Alaska whose work often explores human relationships to the natural world. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014, Acacia received a Fulbright grant to spend a winter on Canada’s Baffin Island, where she developed a love for life in the Arctic that still influences her work today. Since then, much of her work has focused on the Polar Regions, in an effort to inspire wonder and compassion for the earth’s wild places during a time of dramatic climatic and social change.
Acacia’s work is housed in collections including the Anchorage Museum and the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Her documentary work has been published in by National Geographic, the New York Times, TIME, and many others. In 2020, she was featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Art and Style, and in 2021 was the winner of the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant.
Acacia also works as a seasonal expedition guide and lecturer in Greenland, Svalbard, the Canadian Arctic and Antarctica. She has made over 55 expeditions to the Polar Regions for work and personal projects and in 2021 earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia. She is based between Alaska and Scandinavia.