Shanghai Photographer Eric Michael Johnson

Eric Michael Johnson is a Shanghai-based photographer that

specializes in portrait, lifestyle, hotel, and sports & fitness photography

Eric is from the San Francisco Bay Area where his career as an investment banker was interrupted when he made the award-winning documentary film "Foo-Foo Dust". The experience of story telling and engaging with an audience is what launched his career in photography.

A graduate of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City, Eric worked several years with clients such as The New York Times before moving to Asia to focus on the advertising industry. Since he has worked with clients such as Nike, Buick, Marriott, and The North Face.  

He has received honors in still photography from American Photography, Communication Arts, International Photography Awards, Photo District News, New York Photo Festival, and elsewhere. His documentary film "Foo-Foo Dust" was shortlisted for Academy Award nomination, won best short at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and is now in the permanent Sundance Collection at UCLA.


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Production Services

Eric is also a member of a production company in Shanghai that provides photography, video and production management services for larger commercial and advertising jobs. His team works closely with agencies and creatives to develop brand story, viral and event video. They provide camera and lighting equipment, crew, scheduling, casting, wardrobe, stylists, props, transportation and scouting for on-location and studio work in China.


• 2015 American Photography | AP31 Winner (x2) • 2014 Communication Arts 55th Photography annual | Winner • 2014 American Photography | AP30 Winner • 2013 American Photography | Latin American Fotografía 2 Winner • 2013 FotoVisura Grant | Honorable Mention • 2012 IPA International Photography Awards | Deeper Perspective, Honorable Mention • 2012 IPA International Photography Awards | People, Honorable Mention • 2012 American Photography AP28 Winner • 2011 IPA International Photography Awards | Editorial Series, Honorable Mention • 2011New York Photo Festival | Editorial Single, Winner • 2010 PDN Pix Digital Imaging | Multimedia, Winner • Oscar Shortlist | Academy Award in Documentary Shorts Category • Best Documentary Short | Los Angeles Film Festival • Special Jury Prize | AFI-Silverdocs Film Festival • Nominee | IDA Documentary Achievement Award • Filmmakers Magazines | 25 NEW FACES OF INDIE FILM • Official Selection | Sundance Film Festival • Official Selection | Florida Film Festival • Official Selection | Bilbao Film Festival • Official Selection | Palm Springs Film Festival • Official Selection | Morelia Film Festival

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