Taylor Johnson is an educator with Critical Exposure, a nonprofit organization based in the District of Columbia (DC). Johnson teaches photography, advocacy, and organizing to students to help them gain skills in leadership, advocacy, and documentary photography. Using photography as an organizing tactic, Johnson helps students in the DC public high schools run campaigns in their schools to change policies and conditions that disempower students.
Johnson studied creative writing and Black studies at Oberlin College and served as a student leader in various capacities, whether it was tutoring students in Oberlin public schools as a Bonner scholar, or as cochair of Zami, an organization that supports, organizes, and mobilizes lesbian, gay, bi-gender, transsexual (LGBT), queer, and questioning people of color.
In addition to the work with Critical Exposure, Johnson writes poems and essays and has performed poetry locally and nationally. Johnson is committed to studying and honoring the aesthetic practices of African and African Diasporic people, particularly the art and aesthetics that emerge from spirituality and ritual.