j. michael Johnson

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J. Michael Johnson

J. Michael’s experiences have produced a remarkable collection of photographic work that documents bikers and biker ladies riding for the joy of the day on Daytona’s Main Street. Along with the serious side of these bikers and their deep patriotism, as they visit “The Wall” (The Vietnam Veterans Memorial) and ride in Rolling Thunder freedom rides each Memorial Day in Washington DC to commemorate the veterans of the Vietnam era. J. Michael captures images and emotions that are “moments in time” rarely seen by the public.

J. Michael Johnson was born and raised in East Tennessee and has lived in the southeast United States all his life. He began taking images and working in his darkroom over thirty years ago. He has traveled extensively across the United States and the world to capture images. J. Michael’s love of photography, his self-taught methods, and in-field seminars with nationally known photographers, have truly defined the subjects he has photographed and written about over the years.

Since 1997, J. Michael’s photographic and written work about Daytona’s Bike Week, as well as many other motorcycle rallies and events, has been featured many times in “Easyriders”, “Biker” and “In The Wind” magazines. Lehman Trikes of Canada has published J. Michael’s work in their Pride Matters magazine. He has provided commercial photography services to various companies in the motorcycle industry. His renown in motorcycle lifestyle photography has resulted in his giving slide shows to numerous motorcycle clubs, churches and civic groups. His most requested images are of the Vietnam veterans visiting the “Vietnam Veterans Memorial” in Washington DC during “Rolling Thunder” events.

J. Michael is a member of the Professional Photographers of America, the co-founder of the Spartanburg Photo Guild, and a member of the American Image Press/Today’s Photographer Magazine. He served two terms on the Board of Trustees of The Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg South Carolina.

J. Michael travels to many motorcycle rallies and events and other special places each year.


Mr. Johnson says, "I like the complexity of one art form like the Vietnam Era being the inspiration for another art form like photography. My photographs show each individual’s personal freedom statement as an art canvas. For me, it is an opportunity for all viewing my work to join me in my photojournalist journey into the motorcycle lifestyle".

2003 - "Rolling Thunder" - Spartanburg Art Museum

2003 - "Tattoo" - Pickens County Museum of Art & History

2003 - "Rolling Thunder" - Pickens County Museum of Art & History

2003 - "Scenes Unseen" - Pickens County Museum of Art & History


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