The 100 / #79: Walter Johnson

#79 Walter Johnson retired Florida, USA

About Walter

What is the one thing you’re most proud of in your 79 years?
Of the many proud moments during my life, I can’t go far from my time in the Ohio State University classroom. Teaching the History of Photography to a group of receptive minds, ready to question my every remark, was a challenge that I accepted knowing that my growth as a person to come to understand the full nature of the photographic image was dependent on our interaction.

What one thing do you hope to have done by reaching 100?
I would hope at the age of 100 years, that I would have come to better understand myself, accept myself, and best of all, love myself. You can never be so sure of what in life you have done is, or could be remembered; but now asked to offer my thoughts of this, I think my interest in, and my quest to master the production of the Daguerreotype historic photographic process, and then bring that to the attention of the general public with my publication; “The New Daguerreian Journal” [1971-75].

What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
The single bit of advice I would offer to anyone is; first spend the time to come to know and then accept yourself, use all your skills to focus on those special interests, and stay the course. Let nothing stand in your way, and don’t allow yourself to drift into the negative issues. Think of yourself at birth, raw material that requires constant hard work to shape, and then polish into shape the person you can become; believe that you were born to change the world in a more positive manor, and then go do it.

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