Hello, my name is Nitashia Johnson. I am a multimedia artist and educator from Dallas, Texas who truly has a passion for creating. I attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts from 2004-2008 and went on to become an alum of Texas Woman’s University in 2012 and the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015.
I use my photography and design skills to make a difference in the world. I’ve even started experimenting with videos by highlighting the earth and positive human interactions. Life was very hard for me growing up with no parents and living in poverty, but the goodness of others helped me to thrive. Those who helped to save me also inspired my need to create in order to reveal the beauty in the world. I teach photography and African American Art at Prarie View A & M University.
For the past year, I have worked hard on The Smart Project, a creative after-school program structured for teens and aspiring mentors living in North Texas. Another of my greatest artistic accomplishments is the collection The Self Publication, a photographic book series created to dismantle the stereotypes placed on those in the Black community. What started off as casual photographs transformed into a book series showcasing the beauty of Black natives and their stories. I am working on the project alone to shine a light on community issues. As the work unfolds, I plan to film a short documentary series following five of the past participants.
I really love to create. I want to continue growing as an artist with great leadership and thoughtful mentors. One of my latest projects is
The Beauty of South Dallas a project that captures the rapid change of a historical neighborhood due to socio-economic shifts, creating a document of South Dallas for future residents, visionaries, and developers.
My photographic work has recently been featured in The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, and The New York Times. In 2019, I became one of the first women selected for the Sony Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence program.