POSITION: Professor of Visual & Communication Arts; Program Director - Visual and Communication Arts
School of Sciences, Engineering, Art and Nursing
Visual and Communication Arts
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | UC 275A
PHONE: (540) 432-4364
Steven David Johnson is a conservation photographer and Professor of Visual and Communication Arts at EMU in the Shenandoah Valley. His photography of the natural world has appeared in Orion, Nature Conservancy Magazine, Ranger Rick, Virginia Wildlife, National Science Teachers Association Press books, and numerous conservation publications and journals.
Steve is vice-president of the Virginia Wilderness Committee. When he's not in the office, you’ll probably find him crouched next to a vernal pool photographing Appalachian salamanders.
You can view more of his photography at:
MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design (Visual & Communication)
BA, Houghton College (Visual & Communication)
A Guide to the Turtles of Virginia, Special Publication: 2nd Edition, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (cover)
Beneath the Surface - Inside the Hidden World of Vernal Pools: Nature Conservancy Magazine: cover, 2-3, 44-53, 64 (cover story, 11 photos)
Shell Game - The problem of Illegal Trade in Turtles: Virginia Wildlife, May/June 2021: cover, 6 (cover photo and 1 additional photo)
A Guide to the Frogs and Toads of Virginia, Special Publication Number 3: 2nd Edition, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (cover and 13 additional photos)
Northern Water Snake with its Prey (photo): Black and White Photography Magazine, n248: 45
Box Turtle: Ranger Rick, November 2020: 34-36 (feature story includes 6 photos, video on web site)
A Guide to the Salamanders of Virginia: Special Publication Number 7, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (cover and 9 additional photos)
Vernal Pools in Appalachia: The Mennonite (article with 3 photographs)
A (Proposed) Pipeline Runs through it: Biographic (20 photos)
Heart of Appalachia: Nature Conservancy Magazine, Winter 2019: 33, 34, 35 (6 photographs)
Protecting Virginia Snappers: Virginia Wildlife, September/October 2019: 5,6 (2 photos)
Vernal Pools of Appalachia, Student: Riley Swartzendruber, Conservation Photography: Focal Plane, n8: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 33, 43, 44, 45 (3 articles with 14 accompanying photographs for Vernal Pools and Conservation Photography)
Seldom Seen: Spring is for Spotted Salamanders: Virginia Wildlife: March/April 2019: opening spread, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25 (story and 11 photos)
Coyotes: Virginia Wildlife, March/April 2019: 10,11 (2 photos)
Spotted Salamanders: Ranger Rick, 53, n3: 23 and back cover (3 interior photographs plus back cover)
Blue Crayfish: Ranger Rick: June/July 2018: 7 (1 photograph and featured video on web site)
Salamanders: Virginia Wildlife, January/February 2018: 30, 33, back cover (3 photographs for article on salamander declines)
Appalachian Vernal Pools article: Smoky Mountain Journal of Photography, 3, n4: cover, 16-30 (28 photos plus text in pdf publication)
Next Time You See a Cloud photos: 8, 15, 17, 20, 26 (five photographs for NSTA books)
Hellbender Salamander photograph: BBC Focus Magazine, March 2016
Pacific Chorus Frog: Frog Log, 24, n1:20 (my photograph of a Chorus Frog as well an interview with me about the Conservation Photo class appear in an article by Dave Huth titled The Salamander’s Smile: Photography’s Powerful Role in Conservation).
Eye on the Environment photos (featured photographer for Richmond Times-Dispatch Flair)
(2015) Cow Knob Salamander (photographs on front page of Staunton News Leader)
(2015) Cow Knob Salamander (photograph on front page of Richmond Times-Dispatch)
(2015) Next Time You See a Spiderweb photos (five photographs for NSTA books)
(2014) Magdalena and the Fireflies: National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs (photograph)
(2014) Placobdella parasitica: photograph for ScienceFriday.com video
(2014) Next Time You See the Moon (five photographs for NSTA books)
(2013, August) Firefly images: Wisonsin Natural Resources Magazine , 4-6 (cover photo and three additional images)
(2013, July/August) Things the Dog Ate: Orion Magazine (photo accompanies article)
(2013) In Praise of Lichens (six photographs for peer-reviewed Pan Journal online)
(2013) Next Time You See a Pillbug (thirteen photographs/cover image for NSTA books)
(2013) Next Time You See a Firefly (eight photographs for NSTA books)
(2013) Firefly in Hand: Leave No Child Inside (cover photograph for Orion books)
(2013) Salamanders of Fridley’s Gap: Place-Based Education (cover photograph for Orion books)
(2013, March/April) Rope Swing (Accompanies “The Politics of Play”): Orion Magazine , 32, n2 (photograph).
(2013, Spring) White-throated sparrow: The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont : 424 (photo)
(2012, Fall) Fireflies: Wings: Essays on Invertebrate Conservation , 5: Fall 2012 (photograph)
(2012, July/August) Children in Nature (Accompanies “Look, don’t Touch”): Orion Magazine , 31, n4 (photograph).
(2012, Summer) Grackles in Flight: Sufi: Journal of Mystical Philosophy and Practice (photograph)
(2012, May/June) Chicken portraits: Blue Ridge Country, 25, n5/6: 3, 3, 62-65 (eight photographs including double-page spread article lead).
(2012, May/June) Mink (Neovison vison): The Wildlife Volunteer: A Publication of the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy, May/June 2012: 2 (two photographs)
(2012, March/April) Ecopyschology images: Orion Magazine, 31, n2: 17-18, 21-22, 24 (feature photographs: five digital photo-illustrations).
(2012, April) Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour: Blue Ridge Country, 25, n3/4: 16-20 (six photographs including double-page spread article lead).
(2011, August) Tralfamadore Farm: Blue Ridge Country, 24, n7/8: 3, 52-53 (five photographs).
(2011, May/June), Water Abstractions: Orion Magazine, 30, n3: table of contents, 73-74 (six photographs).
(2011, Winter) The Sisters of Cootes Store: Precipitate Journal, 2: n4 (eight photograph series)
(2011, Winter) Riffing on Whirlpools: Numéro Cinq (seven photograph series) Selected for The Best of Numéro Cinq, Volume I.
(2010, Fall) Maggie and the Gourd, Sisters and the Bubble: Shots, 109: 8, 11 (two full page photographs).
(2010, July/August), Equus and Horses in Motion: Orion Magazine, table of contents double page spread and full page image (two photographs).
Photographs appear as a full page and a double page spread in Orion Magazine (winner of the 2010 Utne Press Award for General Excellence).
(2009, May/June) Spring, George Washington National Forest and Leaves in Ice: Orion Magazine, 28, n3:39-40 (two photographs).
(2008, Summer) Traces of Place. Ruminate: Faith in Literature and Art 8:cover, inside cover, 63-64. Featured artist (cover photo, three additional photos, artist’s statement and biography).
(2007, Oct) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail: National Geographic Traveler magazine, 24, n7:68 (photograph).
(2006, Spring) Cover photo: Rock & Sling: A Journal of Literature, Art, and Faith 3, n1.
(2005, Spring) The creatures among us. Rock & Sling: A Journal of Literature, Art, and Faith 2, n1:cover, 10, 17, 32, 49, 129, 130-134. Featured artist (cover photo, five additional photos, extended artist’s statement and biography).